John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine, epidemiology, and population health at Stanford University, says he’s “perfectly happy” to be under virtual lockdown in California due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And he readily acknowledges the importance of sensitizing the public to following instructions to shelter in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In addition, Ioannidis recognizes that a large number of people may die from COVID-19.
But in a video posted on YouTube, the codirector of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford said he worries that media outlets are “falling into a trap of sensationalism”.
And he suggested that this is making the situation worse for people.
“We don’t want to get them into panic,” Ioannidis said. “This doesn’t really help.”
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