Cleveland urges public to seek credible sources for virus information

Sen. Annette Cleveland (D-Vancouver) urged the public to be skeptical of unsubstantiated rumors after the circulation of wild falsehoods prompted tens of thousands of emails, phone calls and death threats last week to state Board of Health officials and staff. The source of the misinformation ranged from YouTube videos to social media posts to simple hearsay, all of which warned that the board planned to adopt policies to apprehend and forcibly quarantine anyone who has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Outside of social media posts and falsehoods spread verbally, there was nothing to support the wild claims. “Given how social media has become a popular tool for spreading falsehoods, I would encourage people to run an online search if they hear ...

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