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Vitamin D Misinformation Article Called Out

Monday, October 17th, 2022

A paper by Quinn et al., titled “COVID-19 and Vitamin D Misinformation on YouTube: Content Analysis,” states in the background section of their abstract:

“The “infodemic” accompanying the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic has the potential to increase avoidable spread as well as engagement in risky health behaviors. Although social media platforms, such as YouTube, can be an inexpensive and effective method of sharing accurate health information, inaccurate and misleading information shared on YouTube can be dangerous for viewers. The confusing nature of data and claims surrounding the benefits of vitamin D, particularly in the prevention or cure of COVID-19, influences both viewers and the general “immune boosting” commercial interest.”

They state in their paper that, out of the 77 videos that they reviewed and analyzed, “over three-quarters of them contained misleading content about COVID-19 and vitamin D.” But, what did they use to define information as misleading?

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