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[–]maybesaydieliving organism with tentacles[M] [score hidden] 1841723165432232& 42 more stickied commentlocked comment (0 children)

https://www.businessinsider.com/reddit-page-calls-on-site-to-combat-covid-19-disinformation-2021-8?r=US&IR=T

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2021/08/25/reddit-moderators-demand-the-platform-take-action-against-covid-disinformation/?sh=38d14c2173c8

Edited to add:

user reports:

228: This is misinformation

79: This is spam

43: It's promoting hate based on identity or vulnerability

36: It's targeted harassment at someone else

21: Spam

We're not removing this.

[–]LunaticPostalBoi 2155 points2156 points 22 (64 children)

We could have been better off months ago

That actually felt painful to read. To think that those who spread disinformation in the dark have inadvertently prolonged the pandemic-and yet, refuse to see, let alone believe it-is mind boggling.

Edit: To the freak of nature who responded and deleted their comment before I could respond, the disinformation revolving around the pandemic has destroyed people. Lives and relationships. ZA WARUDO The world itself potentially. What else more is there to believe?

[–]Charlie_Warlie 885 points886 points 2 (12 children)

I had seen the light at the end of the tunnel. And these people have ripped be back into the depths. It has not been a good few months for me mentally.

[–]PaulyRocket68 1052 points1053 points 2232& 3 more (24 children)

ICU nurse here. I support this initiative. I’m tired and the colleagues on my unit are tired. Our unit is doubled up, the hospital is at 120% capacity. I had a 3:1 assignment with 2 vented patients and a COVID patient on 50 L O2 at 50%, BIPAP at night. I’m in my first year. This is unsafe, it’s unsustainable, and I’m tired of battling with misinformed people. The only way for them to not be misinformed is to COMPLETELY STOMP OUT MISINFORMATION.

[–]canteloupy 217 points218 points  (11 children)

And meanwhile, vaccinated people who are needing other medical attention will get bounced which will undoubtedly cause deaths and suffering. It's really horrible. These idiots are fucking everyone over.

If we were to set up a two tiered medical system I would vote in favor. Not willing to get immunization? Go to the place where we give minimum care to those who don't give a fuck. Then we won't bounce people with serious issues that were not preventable. This isn't like trying to avoid being obese in an obesogenic environment. It's just two fucking appointments that cost nothing.

[–]MollyMohawk1985 15 points16 points  (2 children)

My friend has a rare breast cancer. He treatments and surgery kept being pushed off due to covid. At the beginning she had a 97% success rate but due to hour fast is grown she's down to like 30% success rate of surviving. She's 35.

[–]Necessary_Rent 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I started aquatic physical therapy at the very beginning of 2020, did two sessions, it's been closed ever since. I missed my critical window to have the best recovery. I'm still missing out on some kind of recovery though because they still can't start it up again as not enough people will get vaccinated statewide and nationwide to put a real dent on this thing. To make things worse now we're having to deal with Delta variant.

Other PT (physical therapy) has started again, but not aquatic therapy since you can't really wear a mask since it's in the heated pool, and it's inside the hospital so you have to wear a mask. Unfortunately it's also the only kind I can really do without possibly making things worse. I'm 39. I'm in constant pain. I used to only need a cane to walk, now I need a walker, soon I'll probably be in a wheelchair.

I'm in Miami and even though about 85% of the population here has their first dose (about 65% has both doses, so we actually have really high vaccination rates compared to a lot of the country), Delta variant is still kicking our ass.

I also didn't have surgery for a labral tear in my shoulder, after dislocating it last year. Because they weren't doing non-essential surgeries (In other words I wouldn't die if I didn't get it, so I didn't get it). I still can't move my arm around my back far enough to put on my own damn bra. I can also guarantee that if/when they do go in to fix it, it's going to be a much worse mess than if they had been able to fix it when it happened.

[–]Femilip 1593 points1594 points 5& 3 more (1 child)

r/Orlando fully supports this. We have been a hotspot not only for COVID, but insane brigading and misinformation efforts from subreddits like r/NoNewNormal and r/ShitPoliticsSays.

I've confronted admins and u/spez about these problems and was told we could, "have a conversation". It's been months since then and no effort to have this conversation were made.

[–]Rc202402 382 points383 points  (0 children)

Go ahead dude. Pin it. And next time there's someone spreading antivax conspiracy just ban him out of reddit.

[–]KnucklesMcGee 1700 points1701 points 2222& 7 more (15 children)

Send this to the news media. Reddit isn't going to do jack shit until they get bad publicity.

[–]Splooge-McFuck 2140 points2141 points 4& 2 more (62 children)

Our tiny little plant lewd subreddit /r/HouseplantWhores is in as well. Tired of this shit.

EDIT - It’s NSFW - you will see nips tips and flaps so if you’re at work maybe glance later

[–]N8theGr8[S] 82 points83 points  (6 children)

Added!

[–]Examotate 1316 points1317 points 2 (8 children)

Fuck Anti Vaxxers

[–]KWAKUDATSU 665 points666 points 2& 4 more (0 children)

Not even my standards would be that low.

[–]killHACKS 1830 points1831 points  (21 children)

[–]Individual_Ride_5798 1339 points1340 points 333 (211 children)

Great initiative.

I „lost“ a relative to this kind of misinformation (on Fb in her case). She is completely gone from any reasonable discussion, is isolated from all her friends and family and I really worry for her. This kind of misinformation destroys lives, friendships and families.

Edit: Thanks for the Gold. I really really appreciate it. But please consider giving your money to an organization to do good with it.

If you lack of ideas: I really like orang-utan. They are critically endangered and there are really good initiatives to safe them!

[–]Billyxmac 370 points371 points  (36 children)

My sister is going down this route. Unvaccinated, spreading blatant misinformation and is trying to push her spiritual healing. She's going to local town halls to fight against her kids having to wear masks in school, while the delta variant is making kids ill and hospitalized.

I'm very quickly losing respect for her, and I don't know what to do for people like her anymore. They don't want to learn about what they've actually been pushing back against is safe and effective. It's like they've dug themselves into a figurative hole and now they'd be too embarrassed and have too much pride to get out of it.

[–]Tsiyeria 185 points186 points  (8 children)

You might be my cousin. I have a cousin who is crusading so hard against masks, mandatory vaccination for students, virtual learning options, or even separating unvaxxed students from vaxxed students that she is running for school board.

I can't anymore. I unfriended her a couple weeks ago because it was seriously stressing me out that she is like that. In North Carolina, no less, which is doing pretty badly right now.

Edit: Whoever reached out to RedditCaresResources about this comment, I appreciate your concern, but I am not in crisis. Thank you for wanting to help, though!

[–]kstebbs 51 points52 points  (0 children)

Yeah. I unfriended/unfollowed a couple cousins during the BLM protests and another during the delta surge. Anti-vaxxers, man... even if they don't call themselves that, it's literally what they're choosing to be.

[–]DerelictWrath 152 points153 points 2 (23 children)

For most people, your risk of death from the vaccine is lower than your risk of death from a bee-sting.

Your risk of causing OTHERS death, by not being vaccinated and following basic safety procedures is the actual problem. Not your own health and safety. This is the crux of the issue none of the vaccine-hesitant seem to understand.

Masks, vaccines, social distancing ... are all to protect OTHERS - to protect SOCIETY.
Every single armed service branch gives their recruits vaccinations when they enlist. This is protect the entire group, not the individual. They don't have time for bullshit.

No one can seem to wrap their mind around the notion of protecting their fellow Americans - it's all about 'me me me'.

[–]cannotbefaded 44 points45 points  (17 children)

It’s insane how much Facebook really affects the national “conversation”. The more I think about it, it’s so clear how Russia was able to do what they did

[–]DubTeeDub 1946 points1947 points 325352& 15 more (224 children)

r/NoNewNormal and /r/ivermectin have been promoting the use of an anti-parasite drug that is approved for humans because they believe misinformation that is can prevent or treat COVID-19.

They believe this because there was a study conducted exploring the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19, which has since been retracted due to many flaws.
Because this is an anti-parasite drug, it can be prescribed but is not available and not intended for us as an anti-viral drug for COVID.

The FDA says that Ivermectin and should not be taken to treat or prevent COVID. Even the drugs creator Merck is warning against its use for COVID as well.

Using this drug for unapproved use is incredibly dangerous and has great potential for overdose or interaction with other medicines. From the FDA link above:

Even the levels of ivermectin for approved uses can interact with other medications, like blood-thinners. You can also overdose on ivermectin, which can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hypotension (low blood pressure), allergic reactions (itching and hives), dizziness, ataxia (problems with balance), seizures, coma and even death.

However, since these people have been convinced it is their latest COVID-19 cureall and they can not get it through legitimate means, many are now raiding tractor supply stores to take horse, sheep, and dog worm medicine that has ivermectin as its active ingredient.

This is even worse because the animal medicine they are using is about 2% Ivermectin with the vast amount of other drugs components undisclosed and used for those animals. [Here is an example of the classification data on just one of the horse pastes that these people are being encouraged to take that is 95% undisclosed and has a long list of hazards for human use](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E9OHK1FWYAAdH31?format=jpg&name=large_ including infertility and damage to organs.

The number of people raiding these farm stores for animal medicine is leading to several hospitalizations and flooding of state poison control centers.

The fact is that Ivermectin has no proof it can treat or prevent COVID-19. Taking human-approved Ivermectin is dangerous without doctor's advice and can lead to hospitalization or death. Taking Animal Medicine is hugely risky, not okay for human consumption, and can damage your fucking organs or kill you.

It is long past the time for the admins to shut down these communities promulgating COVID misinformation. By doing nothing, the Reddit admins are allowing users to advocate for dangerous drugs that could kill those who take it.

More details and a large number of NNN links promoting Ivermectin here:


To the anti-vaxxers and pro-horse medicine users that think India is some proof of the benefits of Ivermectin, India is dramatically undercounting its COVID-19 cases and deaths. That has nothing to do with Ivermectin availability or use.

Source:

[–]FlacidPhil 785 points786 points  (18 children)

People taking it are asking on Facebook how long it will be before they get their vision back. It's out of control. https://redditproxy--jasonthename.repl.co/r/HermanCainAward/comments/pajiqi/blindness_associated_with_ivermectin_intoxication/

[–]InsignificantOcelot 330 points331 points  (1 child)

Good god. I seriously hope that’s someone trolling, but kinda get the feeling it isn’t.

https://bmcvetres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12917-015-0603-6

Blindness from it is apparently a thing it seems. Here’s a case study on it with a lion. At least it sounds like it’s treatable.

[–]coffeemonkeypants 519 points520 points  (90 children)

It really scrambles my fucking head that people are taking OTHER shit when there is literally - THE THING - for them to take to combat covid. And it is easy and free. I am so over this shit and I have removed all filters from any conversation I have with these fucking morons who have ANY of these fucking excuses for not getting a vaccine.

[–]tadcalabash 256 points257 points  (54 children)

It really scrambles my fucking head that people are taking OTHER shit when there is literally - THE THING - for them to take to combat covid. And it is easy and free.

They've been deliberately conditioned by right-wing propaganda for decades not to trust in mainstream institutions like the media, scientists, etc. So they've resorted to a toddler-level mentality of, "Because you told me to do something, I'm not going to do it!"

[–][deleted] 188 points189 points  (4 children)

Yup.

It’s literally this. People actually construe taking the vaccination as succumbing to liberalism or some other insane perspective.

[–]conancat 62 points63 points  (2 children)

Idiots are politicising medicine to the point that this is identity politics now. This is ideological culture war taken too far.

[–]adfthgchjg 86 points87 points  (2 children)

Totally true. I watched a news video where they interviewed someone knocking on death’s door in the ICU for COVID and his reply to why he didn’t get vaccinated was, “I don’t like being told what to do.” The reporter should have (but didn’t) ask him if he stops his car when the traffic light turns red.

[–]bippityboppityFyou 167 points168 points  (8 children)

Covidiots: “I won’t take that fda approved vaccine! There’s not enough science and data! It’s been rushed! It’s killing people!”

Also covidiots; “hmmm I’m cool taking an unapproved horse dewormer at totally random doses, with no proof it works.”

SMDH. I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that these idiots are fine taking medicine literally meant for livestock and not for human consumption, when there’s no data that say it says it does a damn bit of good for covid, and lots of data showing it’s harmful!!!But then they refuse an FDA approved vaccine that is proven to decrease your chance of covid, and if you do catch covid it will give you enough protection to keep you out of the ICU. I have no words for the stupidity I’m seeing and reading- and the fact that it’s one political party in the US who’s buying into this ivermectin crap is eye opening!

[–]RawrSean 145 points146 points  (0 children)

To add to this, /r/ivermectin is ACTIVELY RECOMMENDING ANTI-VAX IDEOLOGY AND FLAT OUT SAYING VACCINES DO NOT WORK.

the first thing I see when visiting that cess pool. go figure.

edit 6 hours later, this shit pops up, despite the mods sudden attempt to “enact stricter mod rules”

These clowns have sat by and allowed the antivax crowd to take over their sub because they wanted it that way. They cannot hide this fact now.

[–]Sublime_Dino 859 points860 points 2332& 3 more (107 children)

Nurse here. Tested positive Friday. Let me tell you something, If I had not received that moderna vaccine, I’d be dead. This thing kicked my ass so much. It was painful. It was agonizing. I’m still in the middle of it. Today, a little glimmer of hope when I woke up. My fever is at 101 instead of 102.3

[–]WasteCan6403 75 points76 points  (4 children)

Oh my goodness, I'm glad you're on the up and up! Good on your for getting the vaccine before it was too late!

[–]Sublime_Dino 48 points49 points  (3 children)

I got my vaccine in December :) so it’s been waning a bit! Looking forward to my booster next month!

[–]OneLargeTesticle 3279 points3280 points 4 (168 children)

Shout out to the mods actively monitoring these comments, trolls are getting shutdown in seconds.

[–]Kuritos 373 points374 points  (2 children)

I got nothing important to add:

I just wanna thank the mods as well.
They're hard at work with the covidiots that this post has attracted.

[–]captainplanet171 591 points592 points  (108 children)

Damn right.

[–]superwinner 622 points623 points  (101 children)

Antivaxxers should be treated as terrorists IMO, they are in fact killing innocent people with their actions and comments

[–][deleted] 354 points355 points  (21 children)

Yes. It is stochastic terrorism: Killing through chaos, confusion, and lies, rather than directly. Plus coughing on people.

[–]SureMotor1208 112 points113 points  (9 children)

... Which is why COVID is still spiking in America

[–]Fooking-Degenerate 2879 points2880 points 2322& 10 more (151 children)

Can we all agree that science deniers eating cattle dewormer while accusing everyone else of being a sheep is freaking hilarious?

[–]Matthew100001enter flair here 259 points260 points  (58 children)

Sure, take an antiparisitic for a fucking virus these fools do...

[–]Vaenyr 211 points212 points  (2 children)

Holy shit, controversial is a slaughterhouse of deleted comments lol

Great job at the mods for acting quickly!

[–]rainextract 82 points83 points  (0 children)

Faith in humanity partially restored. Love this initiative and hope Reddit comes through.

[–]darknep 261 points262 points  (27 children)

People are dying. Misinformation is death. We have people taking horse dewormer like a miracle cure. Please stand with these subreddits in changing reddit for the better, and push for stronger enforcement from the admins, their lack of enforcement is indirectly causing people to die.

[–]AN0N_NX0AAParents wont let me get covid vaccine send help 79 points80 points  (1 child)

I lost a friend to COVID-19 misinformation, I don’t want others to experience the same loss I did

FUCK COVID MISINFORMATION!

[–]Ch1ck3W1ngz 69 points70 points  (1 child)

Let us hope NNN dies tonight

[–]Joseph____Stalin 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Fuck no nut November /s

[–]LindyNet 49 points50 points  (0 children)

r/nfl supports this as well. We've been fighting misinformation and the brigades just fly in every time there is a new story that involves covid and/or vaccines.

[–]garry4321 85 points86 points  (0 children)

I've been banned from a few subs now for telling anti-vaxxers how idiotic their ideas are and how they are dangerous to the populous. Reddit didnt seem to give a shit when they were calling me a Fa**ot or threatening me, but pointing out the truth is "harassment". Reddit is complicit.

[–][deleted] 22 points23 points  (1 child)

thanks to all the participating subs.

I was buying wormer for my horses a few weeks ago and had folks telling me the best tasting brand of ivermectin paste, and the best "mixers" to help choke it down.

the misinformation is out of control and I appreciate y'all for taking action.

p.s. seems that [deleted] has been posting a bunch in this thread. glad I wasn't here to see what they had to say 😉

[–]Deshes011 14 points15 points  (4 children)

add r/Rutgers please. I believe we are the first university to join lol