Covid News: Who Can We Believe?

It is becoming increasingly difficult to make any sense of conflicting reports about the current health crisis.

Take this exchange, found today on Twitter.

· Jan 1

“It was minimally affecting children in the first wave… we now have a whole ward of children here.”

Laura Duffel, a matron in a London Hospital, tells Adrian Chiles about the Covid situation in hospitals.

Radio @BBCSounds.


I’ve been the on call consultant in a london children’s hospital this week – this is simply not true, and irresponsible in the extreme – frightens parents, fuels covid-deniers. Covid is rife in hospitals, but not among children. We have enough to deal with without this garbage.

Twitter reply, January the third.


  1. Maggie

    This is why I rarely share any thing supposedly ‘factual’ because everything myst be fact checked more than once. It is a frustrating time to be dependent on the word of others.

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  2. wilfredbooks

    I think it’s interesting that, now that we have a surfeit of information sources, it appears that the only source we can actually trust is our own direct observation, which is a complete throwback to before there were published media: if something happened in the local village, everybody could rely on the information, because they could see it for themselves; if there was a more remote source of news of outside events, like a newspaper, or even a visitor, it was no better than hearsay, so perhaps that is how we should regard anything outside our own experience now? Cheers, Jon.

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  3. Eddy Winko

    I have to agree with Peggy, Twitter, Facebook and the like thrive on impulse communication, no matter who the account owner is. They are also easily hacked or accessible to multiple people with differing opinions, add the fact that they are rarely under any editorial control and you have a recipe for misinformation.
    Stop hunting for news Pete, it will do you no good 🙂

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  4. Doug

    Happening all the time here too, Pete. Consider it is a reflex of simply being human… and we are all in information overflow. The average person can simply say something on social media and it’s seen world wide inside of 60 seconds… and others will run with it. Much like Mr. Cox said.. gotta use some level of common sense, and knowing everyone’s common sense is different. As for two people inside the same environment of medical crisis first hand and walking away with two types of reasoning…. just go with your gut. You have a basic medical advantage having been an EMT. You get a few folks in your neighborhood together and who do you think they will listen to in absence of any close leadership? You, big boy. Of course you have little experience or knowledge of viral infections of this kind… but you have “something”. It’s a matter of group dynamics and people deferring to assign trust in what they do not know to those who do know.. or seem to know.. or are close to knowing more than we are. Such is the problem any of us have right now. I rely on science and scientists approved/assign by government… and the rest I filter through my own version of common sense. If that makes me a lemming to some people.. so be it. If my vaccine contains nanites to control my brain and make me kiss Trump’s ass.. so be it. When this is all over I will either be a survivor or a casualty, or dead…. but someone else’s politics isn’t going to get in my way.

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    • beetleypete

      Thanks for your thoughts, Doug. I think the BBC has to be more responsible for what it puts out, whether on TV, or Radio. People tend to believe the BBC News without much question.
      Best wishes, Pete.


      • Doug

        The BBC, much like our big three networks here, has a long tradition of being believable. I do not know what the current public perception is there on the BBC…. over here, well, 74 million don’t believe in the network reporting, much less anything on cable… and 80 million seem to go along with the media. No matter how you look at it I guess we are both in a helluva mess for a long time to come.

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  5. democratizemoney

    That is the thing about social media, it is not filtered by any perspective such as an editor, it is all points of view are out there in front of one, and there is no difference between a point of view and a fact. Warmest regards, Theo

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    • beetleypete

      These conflicting messages are getting worse. The first quote from the nurse was part of a BBC Radio programme that is supposed to be very ‘respectable’. It was the BBC that shared it on Twitter.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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