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Heightened susceptibility to misinformation linked to reduced mask wearing and social distancing

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People with a poor understanding of quantitative information are more likely to endorse myths about COVID-19 and those who believe such misinformation are less likely to follow public health guidance such as wearing a mask in public, according to new research. The study appears in the journal Royal Society Open Science.“Misinformation has been one of the major focal points of our research since early 2018. Misinformation about COVID-19 has rapidly become a significant problem, with the WHO declaring an ‘infodemic’ and people setting fire to mobile phone masts because of conspiracies surroundin…

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LA mayor blasted for discounting parking tickets paid early as COVID-19 relief: ‘This is taunting poor people’

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The mayor of Los Angeles received harsh pushback on Friday for offering a discount on parking tickets paid early as a coronavirus stimulus measure.

"Mayor Eric Garcetti Friday announced a program for drivers to receive a $20 discount on certain traffic citations if they are paid within 48 hours," CBS Los Angeles reported Friday. "The new program will award discounts for early payment on citations related to residential street sweeping, overnight and oversize parking districts, and vehicles displaying recently expired permits within preferential parking districts."

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Jaime Harrison honors aunt who died of COVID in emotional debate plea to unseat Lindsey Graham

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In a calm and deliberate plea on the debate stage Friday night, U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison made his argument a bit more personal against incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

"The coronavirus has dramatically impacted South Carolina. We've had over 750,000 people lose their jobs - 400,000 of them lost their health insurance because they lost their jobs," Harrison said. "Over 160,000 have been infected. 3,600 have lost their lives, including my aunt Gladys. And what we needed was real leadership to address this issue at hand. But what you just heard from Sen. Graham is what we get: the discussion of Washington, D.C. I don't care what is going on in Washington, D.C. because right now Rome is on fire here in South Carolina."

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Trump ignores all coronavirus guidelines during Minnesota MAGA rally

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The state of Minnesota limited the number of attendees President Donald J. Trump could have at his Rochester rally Friday to 250 people, but that didn't stop the president from driving down the tarmac to physically non-distance from his MAGA overflow crowd. At one point, the incumbent president even held up a portrait of himself given to him by a fan. He then shook hands with the overflow crowd and threw items into the audience.

The president was not wearing a mask, nor were many of his supporters.

Trump also took the opportunity to bash Gov. Tim Waltz for requiring social distancing at his rally.

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