r/DeathsofDisinfo 5h ago

Monthly Discussion Monthly Discussion Thread - October 01, 2022

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Facts and Figures about the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States:

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From the very beginning, the damage of the pandemic has been exacerbated by disinformation around mitigation practices and denialism around the severity and survivability of COVID-19. When the COVID vaccine was released in record time, many optimistically believed the end of the pandemic was on the horizon. Unfortunately, more than two years since the pandemic began, disinformation continues to kill, with an estimated 234,000 voluntary COVID deaths in the U.S. occurring from June 2021 through March 2022 as large groups of mostly white, rural Americans continue to refuse the COVID vaccine.

r/DeathsofDisinfo is a subreddit created to respectfully discuss the societal trauma that has resulted from COVID denialism and vaccine disinformation, including the extraordinary burdens placed on healthcare and other frontline workers. Additionally, this subreddit focuses on the complex feelings of grief experienced by those who's loved ones died after deliberately choosing not to protect themselves from a novel and deadly virus.

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Share your stories with r/DeathsofDisinfo

If you have been frontline worker during the pandemic, or if you are someone who lost a loved one as a result of COVID denialism, we want to hear your stories.

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If one of our subreddits convince you to get vaccinated, we want to know!

IPA (Immunized to Prevent Award) Guidelines:

  1. Submit your post with "IPA Request" flair for mod review.
  2. Include a photo of your vaccination card with the first dose within the last 24 hours. Hide your real name, birthdate, and vaccine lot number!
  3. The photo must also show a hand-written note with your reddit username.
  4. A comment with your story and how you changed your mind is also required.
  5. There are no posting restrictions in our sister sub r/theIPAs. All jabs are welcome there!

r/DeathsofDisinfo 5d ago

Death by Disinformation Woman laments her husband’s impending death because he believed in the vaccine conspiracies.

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423 Upvotes

r/DeathsofDisinfo 21d ago

Changed by COVID Death of a mind, death of a friendship. 😢 Long-COVID neuro issues just wrecked my friendship.

159 Upvotes

r/DeathsofDisinfo Sep 01 '22

Monthly Discussion Monthly Discussion Thread - September 01, 2022

23 Upvotes

Facts and Figures about the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States:

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From the very beginning, the damage of the pandemic has been exacerbated by disinformation around mitigation practices and denialism around the severity and survivability of COVID-19. When the COVID vaccine was released in record time, many optimistically believed the end of the pandemic was on the horizon. Unfortunately, more than two years since the pandemic began, disinformation continues to kill, with an estimated 234,000 voluntary COVID deaths in the U.S. occurring from June 2021 through March 2022 as large groups of mostly white, rural Americans continue to refuse the COVID vaccine.

r/DeathsofDisinfo is a subreddit created to respectfully discuss the societal trauma that has resulted from COVID denialism and vaccine disinformation, including the extraordinary burdens placed on healthcare and other frontline workers. Additionally, this subreddit focuses on the complex feelings of grief experienced by those who's loved ones died after deliberately choosing not to protect themselves from a novel and deadly virus.

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Share your stories with r/DeathsofDisinfo

If you have been frontline worker during the pandemic, or if you are someone who lost a loved one as a result of COVID denialism, we want to hear your stories.

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If one of our subreddits convince you to get vaccinated, we want to know!

IPA (Immunized to Prevent Award) Guidelines:

  1. Submit your post with "IPA Request" flair for mod review.
  2. Include a photo of your vaccination card with the first dose within the last 24 hours. Hide your real name, birthdate, and vaccine lot number!
  3. The photo must also show a hand-written note with your reddit username.
  4. A comment with your story and how you changed your mind is also required.
  5. There are no posting restrictions in our sister sub r/theIPAs. All jabs are welcome there!

r/DeathsofDisinfo Aug 27 '22

Death by Disinformation Mario Schwartzmann, Brazilian Flat Earther, Anti-Vax, Anti-Semite, etc. influencer died January 13th, 2022 due to untreated diabetes. More context and translations in the comments.

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234 Upvotes

r/DeathsofDisinfo Aug 13 '22

Debunking Disinformation COVID-19 lab-leak theory debunked by Australian professor

112 Upvotes

r/DeathsofDisinfo Aug 11 '22 Silver

Death by Disinformation Sad short story of an antivax brother in law

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r/DeathsofDisinfo Aug 01 '22

Monthly Discussion Monthly Discussion Thread - August 01, 2022

24 Upvotes

Facts and Figures about the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States:

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From the very beginning, the damage of the pandemic has been exacerbated by disinformation around mitigation practices and denialism around the severity and survivability of COVID-19. When the COVID vaccine was released in record time, many optimistically believed the end of the pandemic was on the horizon. Unfortunately, more than two years since the pandemic began, disinformation continues to kill, with an estimated 234,000 voluntary COVID deaths in the U.S. occurring from June 2021 through March 2022 as large groups of mostly white, rural Americans continue to refuse the COVID vaccine.

r/DeathsofDisinfo is a subreddit created to respectfully discuss the societal trauma that has resulted from COVID denialism and vaccine disinformation, including the extraordinary burdens placed on healthcare and other frontline workers. Additionally, this subreddit focuses on the complex feelings of grief experienced by those who's loved ones died after deliberately choosing not to protect themselves from a novel and deadly virus.

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Share your stories with r/DeathsofDisinfo

If you have been frontline worker during the pandemic, or if you are someone who lost a loved one as a result of COVID denialism, we want to hear your stories.

✧✧✧✧✧

If one of our subreddits convince you to get vaccinated, we want to know!

IPA (Immunized to Prevent Award) Guidelines:

  1. Submit your post with "IPA Request" flair for mod review.
  2. Include a photo of your vaccination card with the first dose within the last 24 hours. Hide your real name, birthdate, and vaccine lot number!
  3. The photo must also show a hand-written note with your reddit username.
  4. A comment with your story and how you changed your mind is also required.
  5. There are no posting restrictions in our sister sub r/theIPAs. All jabs are welcome there!

r/DeathsofDisinfo Jul 30 '22

Meta/Other Conservatives skeptical of coronavirus vaccines battle to lead a hospital

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r/DeathsofDisinfo Jul 26 '22

Meta/Other Psychology Study Recruitment: The Role of Sadism on Behaviours and Coping with Restrictions during COVID-19

55 Upvotes

I am researching the role of sadism on the experiences of individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic via interviews which will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to interview everyone who wants to take part as I am looking to recruit certain participants for the study, however all enquiries will be appreciated.

Please be aware that some of the questions will address some personal, sometimes taboo topics such as explicit sexual preferences with a partner, and physically hurting others, all of which may be distressing for some people. Therefore, if any of the questions cause you to have negative feelings, then it is advised that you should cease participation immediately.

You must be over 18 to complete the questionnaire and participate in the interview.

To have the chance to partake in the interview process, you would need to leave your email in the box at the end of the survey.

If you would like to participate, please follow the link below:

https://chester.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/sadism-questionnaire


r/DeathsofDisinfo Jul 19 '22

Debunking Disinformation COVID patients find dangerous advice and pills online : Shots - Health News : NPR

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r/DeathsofDisinfo Jul 15 '22

Death by Disinformation Fear of Vaccine Leads to Rabies Death

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r/DeathsofDisinfo Jul 07 '22

Meta/Other TIL The UK has a National Covid Memorial Wall in London - a mural comprised of thousands of red and pink hearts drawn by volunteers to represent every person whose death was attributed to COVID-19. So far there have been 197,635 deaths and the mural is more than one-third mile long.

194 Upvotes

r/todayilearned moderators censored this post, so I thought this might be of interest here.


r/DeathsofDisinfo Jul 05 '22

Debunking Disinformation I am seeking volunteers for an anonymous, online, and (relatively) short COVID-19-related study

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r/DeathsofDisinfo Jul 05 '22

Death by Disinformation Ever get the feeling you're being lied to?

29 Upvotes

Hello - huge apologies if I shouldn't be posting this here, and please let me know if I should take it down.

I've started this side-account because I'm interested in talking to people - anonymously if they'd like - about anyone in their life who has been affected by disinfo like we see on this sub, or just dreadful lies. Like, have you lost to someone to the lies because you can no longer make them see the truth? Have you fallen out because they think that *you're* the liar for sticking to the facts? Has it split a family down the middle? Did you know someone who believed the disinfo, didn't get vaxxed, and really should have?

full disclosure: I'm a reasonably-known UK author and I'm starting a project about lies and the real human impact they have. I'd love to speak with people who have something they want to get across - on their terms. I'm on everydaylies @ proton.me and would love to hear from you. I'd like to make some small difference in helping open even just a few people's eyes.


r/DeathsofDisinfo Jul 04 '22 Silver

Debunking Disinformation What it is like being raised under theocratic law:

207 Upvotes

I grew up in a church like this. I was experiencing really disturbing abuse from my stepmother and my alcoholic father. I was being beaten until I had bruises regularly. My dad would drunk rage beat me. My stepmother would make me strip naked and beat me outside with a gnarled switch from a tree. At age 7 I told my Christian private-school teacher that my “mommy spanks me too much”, and she had me tell the school principal. Instead of protecting me, they called my stepmother and told her what I said.

…So when I told my Christian grown-ups that I was being harmed they thought it would be best to let my abuser know. When I came home from school that day my stepmother was on the toilet. She heard me come in and she angrily yelled for me to come to the bathroom. I awkwardly stood there at the bathroom door while she was squatting on the toilet listening to her tell me that school administration had called her to explain what I had said to them. When she was done with the toilet she stood up and pulled her pants over her hips and then came over to me. She had never stop staring at me in the eyes as she talked and urinated at the same time. She was so fucking psychotic. She came over to me beat me again. She used all sorts of items to hit me; brushes, paddles, her hands, her fists, her kicks, her strength over me, belts, kitchen spoons, switches…

When I was nine I began to hallucinate from PTSD. I remember one morning my parents called the church about it. The hallucinations were terrible and I screamed in fear when I saw them. I will never forget several men from our church coming to our home, sitting me on the center of the couch with my parental units sitting on each side of me, and everyone laying hands on me and praying for Satan to leave my body. I was 9 years old! Not only was I experiencing PTSD from extreme abuse, but now I believed Satan was living in my body and causing me to hallucinate! FML! So no doctor check up, no psych eval. All of these grown-ups recommended an exorcism./s FML!

When I was 11 my parental units were still living their rocky, codependent lifestyle and I was still the center of their abuse. I remember one time they were fighting and they called one of the elders from the church out to counsel with them and with me. He was also my assistant principal and an assistant pastor in the church. He told me the reason my stepmother was acting so poorly was because she was on her period. He then explained that when females are on their period they can get angry and be emotional like she was being towards me and my dad…I am just at a loss for words. A grown man in a position of power telling a little girl that menstrual cycles make women act like my fucking psychopathic step-mother?!?!

After eventually starting my own menstrual cycle and experiencing that throughout my life, leaving home with a car and a couple of hundred bucks at age 20, living on my own as a woman in society, finally finishing my first bachelors (psychology) at age 29, finding my spouse at 31, completed 3 1/2 years of social work in two enormous counties -with a caseload of up to 40 people per month to monitor a Medicaid waiver program for intellectually and developmentally disabled people (IDD), having a child of my own,finishing my second degree and obtaining my license in nursing, worked in step down ICU for 3 1/2 years, inpatient rehab for eight months, and a year of MedSurg on an incredibly busy large hospital in 2019, now doing school nursing for the past year and a half, I am just so shocked that an educated grown man would say this to a girl and think it was appropriate to talk to me this way. It just levels there Christianity knowing how I was treated within the parameters of their interpretation of the Bible. It’s truly sick and I feel sorry for them. Later on I would find out on FaceBook that the same elder’s grown son was a social marketing anti-abortion influencer who was living in the same big metroplex that I had finally made a home and planted my roots in, far away from the people I grew up around. That was very ironic for me.

There was so much I loved about my church community growing up, so many values that I still hold dear today. It is heartbreaking that I could’ve been a part of this community and still so blatantly ignored. I mean, if you’re not gonna help at least stay out of the way? This tightknit Christian community would continue to surround me with piety and self-righteousness, but when it came down to living in Christ’s word they denied me that experience. I know there are countless girls like me that grew up in a fundamentalist Christian environment with high expectations for females, but if you didn’t fit in to their structure/interpretation of “family” you were denied affirmation of your human rights and the abuse was reinforced. These are the same Christians that told me abortion is murder and being a homosexual is wrong. I left everything and everyone I knew at age 20. 25 years later I can tell you it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I have a very different view of Christianity than those that raised me up in it.

That church is still active and the school is still open. They still view Christianity the same way. Honestly, in the zeitgeist we are currently living in, I can only hope and pray that these people are the last vestiges of white supremacy and patriarchal Christianity. It is the same interpretation of the Bible that has been used to excuse slavery, to excuse racism, to excuse sexism, and to turn their backs on the most vulnerable in society. It is a cowardly interpretation. It is unChristian and Christ weeps with all of us.


r/DeathsofDisinfo Jul 02 '22

Death by Disinformation Even non-white, non-Trump-supporters can fall victim to the disinformation machine. Blue is having a rough time post-ventilator. Hopefully he has learned a lesson.

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r/DeathsofDisinfo Jul 01 '22

Monthly Discussion Monthly Discussion Thread - July 01, 2022

14 Upvotes

Facts and Figures about the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States:

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From the very beginning, the damage of the pandemic has been exacerbated by disinformation around mitigation practices and denialism around the severity and survivability of COVID-19. When the COVID vaccine was released in record time, many optimistically believed the end of the pandemic was on the horizon. Unfortunately, more than two years since the pandemic began, disinformation continues to kill, with an estimated 234,000 voluntary COVID deaths in the U.S. occurring from June 2021 through March 2022 as large groups of mostly white, rural Americans continue to refuse the COVID vaccine.

r/DeathsofDisinfo is a subreddit created to respectfully discuss the societal trauma that has resulted from COVID denialism and vaccine disinformation, including the extraordinary burdens placed on healthcare and other frontline workers. Additionally, this subreddit focuses on the complex feelings of grief experienced by those who's loved ones died after deliberately choosing not to protect themselves from a novel and deadly virus.

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Share your stories with r/DeathsofDisinfo

If you have been frontline worker during the pandemic, or if you are someone who lost a loved one as a result of COVID denialism, we want to hear your stories.

✧✧✧✧✧

If one of our subreddits convince you to get vaccinated, we want to know!

IPA (Immunized to Prevent Award) Guidelines:

  1. Submit your post with "IPA Request" flair for mod review.
  2. Include a photo of your vaccination card with the first dose within the last 24 hours. Hide your real name, birthdate, and vaccine lot number!
  3. The photo must also show a hand-written note with your reddit username.
  4. A comment with your story and how you changed your mind is also required.
  5. There are no posting restrictions in our sister sub r/theIPAs. All jabs are welcome there!

r/DeathsofDisinfo Jun 27 '22 Take My Energy

Death by Disinformation Blue and his wife made poor decisions about the vaccine based on exaggerated anecdotes and fears. Unfortunately it has cost Blue his life.

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r/DeathsofDisinfo Jun 21 '22 Helpful

Debunking Disinformation Need support for a pro-vaccine bill in Massachusetts this week!

133 Upvotes

Hello! I hope it's okay to post this here - it's not directly related to COVID-19 but I did see a recent post about the consequences of antivax misinformation on childhood vaccine rates so I thought there might be some people interested. We're trying to eliminate non-medical (religious) exemptions from standard childhood vaccines in Massachusetts, and need people who live there to call and email the committee members who are deciding our bill's fate this week. The following two paragraphs are copied from my post in the Boston subreddit. If you live in Massachusetts, please give Rep. Lawn a call, or if you have friends/relatives who live there and who would be supportive please let them know!

Our bill H.4813 has made it farther than ever before, and has a chance of reaching the floor for a vote this year, but the legislative session ends on July 31 so the timing is tight. We've learned that it really needs to move out of its current committee this week to have a chance of making it to a vote in time. It's currently referred to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, so that is where we're focusing our efforts. The most important person right now for the bill is Representative John Lawn - it is a House bill, so the Senate chair is deferring to him on the decision about whether to move it out of committee. His phone number and email are available where I linked his name above - if you have time today, please reach out to him to let him know you support H.4813 and responsible public health policy. If you have more time, please consider reaching out to the other members of the committee as well. You don't have to be a constituent of Rep. Lawn (although please do tell him that you're a Massachusetts resident), but if you are his constituent, or the constituent of another member of the committee, please tell them that you are. You can find your representative and senator here.

Anti-vaxxers from within and outside Massachusetts have been absolutely hammering committee members with comments against the bill. They are a small group numerically, but they are very motivated and well-organized. We need the majority of the people who support vaccination to tell their legislators what they think as well. We're hoping that we'll be able to pass the bill this year, but it may end up being a longer effort (we've had versions of this bill in previous years that failed to move out of committee) - if you'd like to get involved in pro-vaccine advocacy please sign up for updates from our organization here. Thank you so much for your support and please reach out to me with any questions!


r/DeathsofDisinfo Jun 09 '22

Meta/Other The Deadly Price of Pandemic Politics: People in Republican Counties Were More Likely To Die from COVID-19, new UMD-led analysis shows

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r/DeathsofDisinfo Jun 05 '22

Death by Disinformation RESPOST - Looking for people to interview for my MA thesis on COVID-19 and misinformation

72 Upvotes

I'm looking for people (18+) to interview for my MA thesis. If you use Facebook and have seen (at least 1 time) fake news related to COVID pop up in your Facebook feed please leave a comment and I'll contact you with more info. I'd really appreciate your help.

The topic of the interview is misinformation on Facebook regarding COVID-19 and how people deal with it.

The interviews are anonymous and will last approximately 30 minutes (as of now the shortest one was 14 minutes while the longest one was 34).


r/DeathsofDisinfo Jun 01 '22 Silver Gold

From the Frontlines I’ll never forget the autopsy I performed on a baby | The damage rejecting vaccines can do

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349 Upvotes

r/DeathsofDisinfo Jun 01 '22

Monthly Discussion Monthly Discussion Thread - June 01, 2022

19 Upvotes

Facts and Figures about the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States:

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From the very beginning, the damage of the pandemic has been exacerbated by disinformation around mitigation practices and denialism around the severity and survivability of COVID-19. When the COVID vaccine was released in record time, many optimistically believed the end of the pandemic was on the horizon. Unfortunately, more than two years since the pandemic began, disinformation continues to kill, with an estimated 234,000 voluntary COVID deaths in the U.S. occurring from June 2021 through March 2022 as large groups of mostly white, rural Americans continue to refuse the COVID vaccine.

r/DeathsofDisinfo is a subreddit created to respectfully discuss the societal trauma that has resulted from COVID denialism and vaccine disinformation, including the extraordinary burdens placed on healthcare and other frontline workers. Additionally, this subreddit focuses on the complex feelings of grief experienced by those who's loved ones died after deliberately choosing not to protect themselves from a novel and deadly virus.

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Share your stories with r/DeathsofDisinfo

If you have been frontline worker during the pandemic, or if you are someone who lost a loved one as a result of COVID denialism, we want to hear your stories.

✧✧✧✧✧

If one of our subreddits convince you to get vaccinated, we want to know!

IPA (Immunized to Prevent Award) Guidelines:

  1. Submit your post with "IPA Request" flair for mod review.
  2. Include a photo of your vaccination card with the first dose within the last 24 hours. Hide your real name, birthdate, and vaccine lot number!
  3. The photo must also show a hand-written note with your reddit username.
  4. A comment with your story and how you changed your mind is also required.
  5. There are no posting restrictions in our sister sub r/theIPAs. All jabs are welcome there!

r/DeathsofDisinfo May 27 '22

Death by Disinformation Looking for people to interview for my MA thesis on COVID-19 and misinformation

98 Upvotes

I'm looking for people (18+) to interview for my MA thesis. If you use Facebook and have seen (at least 1 time) fake news related to COVID pop up in your Facebook feed please leave a comment and I'll contact you with more info. I'd really appreciate your help

The topic of the interview is misinformation on Facebook regarding COVID-19 and how people deal with it.

The interviews are anonymous and will last approximately 30 minutes (as of now the shortest one was 18 minutes while the longest one was 34).


r/DeathsofDisinfo May 21 '22 Press F Helpful

Death by Disinformation "I am not ready to die because of my own stupidity" - A personal regret compilation.

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