Sep 1, 2020
The pandemic has seen health officers being attacked online, threatened at their private homes, fired or forced into resigning. But although the hyper-polarization of COVID-19 has further contributed to an erosion of trust in institutions, these tactics aren’t new. California Senator Dr. Richard Pan talks with Dr. Josh Sharfstein about a small but vocal group that opposes public health measures like vaccines and the bullying and intimidation tactics they’ve used against health officials in recent years. Pan also talks about how social media has given them a platform for bad behavior and the real life consequences of online harassment.