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San Diego County delcares misinformation a public helath crisis


San Diego’s County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declared medical misinformation a public health crisis.

The move is an effort to turn attention to factual medical information and away from inaccurate or misleading facts, especially as the highly infectious delta variant continues to spread throughout the country, driving up cases nationwide.

“At a pivotal time in our history, with an FDA-approved vaccine available to all San Diegans free of charge and booster shots recommended later this year, health misinformation now presents a greater threat to public health than a variant of COVID-19,” Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher wrote in a letter outlining the measure.

He pointed to vaccine hesitancy as a result of medical misinformation.

“In response, the Board of Supervisors of the County of San Diego recognizes the vaccine hesitancy, that stands in the way of the County moving beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, is being fueled by the spread of health misinformation, and continues to developing strategies to actively combat health misinformation,” the letter added.

It does not, however, mandate penalties for information that officials say is misinformation, according to the Tribune.

“Nothing in this measure would take away anyone’s right to say whatever they want to say,” Fletcher said.

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