In 2009, Judy Mikovits, a former researcher, co-wrote a paper on chronic fatigue syndrome, stating the illnesses origins might be linked to a virus. Two years later, the paper was retracted by the scientific community for its inaccuracies and failed follow-up studies. Nearly ten years later, in a film called “Plandemic,” she claims that the doctors and experts shaping public policy in response to the coronavirus pandemic have silenced dissenting voices and misled the public.
University of Colorado at Denver professor Jennifer Reich, who studies the anti-vaccine movement, explained why so many people are willing to believe the unsupported claims Mikovits has made about the coronavirus pandemic. “The claims Mikovits makes highlight uncertainties people feel right now,” Reich says. With limited "first-hand knowledge" on the pandemic, people question the statics being given to the public, which is why so many people may believe Mikovits false claims.
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