Poynter: No, public health officials aren’t passing off the common cold as the omicron variant

Poynter: No, public health officials aren’t passing off the common cold as the omicron variant. “In February 2020, as the earliest COVID-19 cases cropped up in the U.S., the late conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners there was no need to worry. ‘The coronavirus is the common cold, folks,’ he said, pushing a false claim that would soon be repeated widely online. Nearly two years later, and after millions of people have died worldwide from the coronavirus and its variants, social media users are still taking up the refrain.”

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