Social media platforms have been instrumental in allowing misinformation and distrust to proliferate, hindering the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as well as contributing to deeply cut social and political divides, and an insurrection on the Capitol.
As a community nurse in and around Chicago, I have been personally and professionally thrust into the role of social media fact checker for my patients. I live in the intersection between health care, science, and a misinformed public.
I don my often-painful N95 mask, tie my hair back, and evaluate patients every day. I field patient questions about microchipped syringes, and offer