Like most animals on the planet, people are interested in staying alive. COVID-19 poses a real threat to that driving force and that leaves us vulnerable to strange and downright false ideas about avoiding the virus and about what to do if we show symptoms.
Sylviane Duval is Director of OpenTheBox
, a co-founder of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization, and a member of Evidence for Democracy's Network of Experts
. She conducts workshops and webinars on how science can prevail against mistrust, bias, and misinformation and has worked on projects across Canada's Genomics Enterprise. Like many people right now she has some free time and also happens to be pretty good at understanding the social psychology behind why we are ready to believe some bad advice, so I gave her a call.
By the way I talked with her earlier this week before the President of the United States raised the dangerous notion
of studying the use of disinfectants internally to cure COVID-19. I'm sure when we started to discuss some of the more bizarre notions floating around right now, we would have put that one at the top of our hit parade.
Here is our discussion: