If you haven’t heard of Eric Feigl-Ding, PhD, you must spend no time on Twitter. Dr. Ding is listened to by hundreds of thousands of followers and although he has doctorates in epidemiology and nutrition, is considered by some an “expert” on the COVID-19 pandemic.
He is a Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) in Washington DC and spends an extraordinary amount of time doing long tweet threads over the past two years which are primarily fearmongering, according to critics.
He is also incorrect with his analysis enough that other scientists have called him out: “With as large of a following as he has, when he says something that’s really wrong or misleading, it reverberates throughout the Twittersphere,” infectious-disease epidemiologist at Kent State University, Tara Smith said.
A more recent event is when Dr. Ding went on MSNBC saying Omicron is actually more severe in children than in adults,
“We know that with Omicron it’s actually more severe in children than in adults” – Eric Feigl-Ding on MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan Show. pic.twitter.com/Afu6CFNo2b
— Eli Klein (@TheEliKlein) February 10, 2022
Now Dr. Ding is being called out for misinformation by the Statens Serum Institut in Denmark.
MY GOD—Danish political leaders have completely lost their frigging minds releasing all #COVID19 mitigations — these are exponentially surging DEATHS not cases!!! This is what happens when a country’s leaders gaslights its own citizens. #CovidIsNotOver pic.twitter.com/O7bfcwRuMQ
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) February 15, 2022
The SSI has taken it upon itself to fight what it considers as misinformation. To do so, it has been answering tweets by Feigl-Ding and others patiently. It has even started translating its graphs to make sure everyone can understand the subtitles.
Read the report and the thread!
Dark blue bars are the number of newly admitted SARS-CoV-2 positive patients receiving Remdesivir and/or and Dexamethason,standard COVID-19 treatment. The green curve is the proportion of SARS-CoV-2 positive patients receiving COVID-19 treatment. https://t.co/cIRVfB5oPh pic.twitter.com/gbUb7kml7z
— Tyra Grove Krause (@TyraGroveKrause) February 14, 2022
Tyra Grove Krause is the executive vice president and medical epidemiologist at SSI.
On the SSI’s side are scholars like Claes de Vreese, a Danish professor at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR). He told Feigl-Ding that he respects him but that he should stop spreading misinformation.
Dear @DrEricDing. I follow you with interest and respect. You are fast and highlight important aspects.
— Claes de Vreese (@claesdevreese) February 15, 2022
A few hours later he posted the direct link to the page created by SSI on which they tackle his points of misinformation.
So the debate between Dr. Ding and the SSI will continue as the former doubles down. We’ll see how this plays out.
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