Hospital Shutdowns due to COVID-19
July 21, 2020
What is the misinformation?
In a Facebook video released by PragerU, they present statistics regarding the loss of healthcare jobs and potential permanent closure of hospitals as a result of decreasing revenues in the era of COVID-19. While not presenting false information, the presentation of the numbers mislead viewers into believing that hospitals are not being overwhelmed, shedding doubt on the legitimacy of government enforced stay-at-home orders.
What's the truth?
According to our research, we have found validity in the potential consequences of reduced appointments and procedures in hospitals as a result of COVID-19 shutdowns. The COVID-19 outbreak has also resulted in hospital overcrowding, decimated hospital drug supplies, as well as devastatating a primary revenue source: elective surgeries.
Why does it matter?
While it should be recognized that hospitals across the United States are facing incredible challenges, from a COVID-19 outbreak to a loss of a primary source of revenue , the implications of this video's misleading message and downplaying of the effectiveness and validity of shutdowns that are meant to assist in flattening the curve has potentially devastating and deadly consequences.
According to our data analysis, this video has become very popular, with over 3.7K reactions and 500 comments. In addition, this information has been spread on Twitter, with a reach of over 20,000 individuals according to analyses from MediaToolKit.