A Feb. 16 tweet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about “genomic sequencing analysis” of COVID-19 tests was misconstrued by vaccine deniers and conspiracy theorists. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Conspiratorial rumors about the government and private companies using COVID-19 tests to build collections of human DNA have circulated since at least late 2020. These previous viral falsehoods — along with people’s tendency to interpret information in ways that maintain rather than challenge their existing ideas and beliefs — likely led some vaccine deniers and others to see “proof” of these baseless suspicions in the wording of the CDC’s Feb. 16 tweet.
- “Fact Check: CDC Is NOT Collecting DNA Through COVID-19 Test Samples” (Alexis Tereszcuk, Lead Stories).
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