Sweeping the right-wing media ecosystem, amplified by massively viral tweets, is the claim that Johns Hopkins released — and quickly deleted — a study showing COVID-19 hasn’t led to an increase in deaths in the U.S. this year.
It’s being used to justify false narratives that the pandemic isn’t deadly and that lockdowns are tyrannical overreach by state governments. One often-linked write-up on PJ Media, a right-wing political site, describes the story thusly:
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Jennifer Matus has more than 40,000 people following her journey. She said she started sharing her experiences because she needed accountability
ST. LOUIS — There are people throughout the St Louis area who are considered “influencers.” Jennifer Matus is one of them.
She has thousands of followers on social media, and she’s using her platforms to inspire people to make change in their lives by showing them the change she’s trying to make in her own life. Matus is putting herself out there and holding nothing back.
“Being real and honest,” she said.
Matus is making her real struggle to lose weight public.
“God, I wish I could just lose this jiggle,” she said in one of her social media posts.
She once weighed more than 350 pounds and knew she had to do something.
“It was just a cycle that kept going, going and going,” she told 5 On
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