We also have a regional pandemic of phony expertise


MINOT, N.D. — There is an entire movement of Americans who have committed themselves to the idea that the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax.

Or, at least, an exaggeration perpetrated toward nefarious ends.

The vaccines are a plot to boost profits for Big Pharma, they’re invested in believing.

Face masks are just another example of Big Government authoritarians looking to boss you around.

Enabling these unfortunate attitudes is that most Americans haven’t had COVID-19, or if they have had it, suffered such light symptoms from it they may not have known they had it. It’s easy to be dismissive of something you haven’t had to deal with.

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