Saturday, November 06, 2021
Jim Sells is 71, a self-described "strong conservative" who's on social media all the time. As the pandemic unfolded in the United States, his online social network was the source of a lot of his ideas about Covid-19 and what the risks of the virus could be. It was there where he read about a high survival rate among people who'd had Covid-19, and where he saw people questioning whether masks were effective. Sells said he and his friends didn't think addressing the pandemic was particularly urgent. And based on posts he saw on social media, Sells decided he didn't need to be vaccinated against Covid-19. "That attitude is what left me totally unprepared for Covid," he said.
Based on what Sells had seen online, he didn't expect Covid-19 would leave him hospitalized and hardly able to breathe. "Social media is full of this information to address your agenda. The algorithm sends just what you want to hear right to you," he said. "And I was filled with this information."
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