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Around 3 in 10 Americans still believe ivermectin is an effective treatment for COVID. What's more, few place significant trust in any form of news media or official institution to accurately convey information about health topics, from COVID treatments and vaccines to reproductive health issues, a new poll from KFF shows.

The confusion about what's true — and who's telling the truth — is of critical importance to public health, experts in political science said. "Misinformation leads to lives being lost and health problems not being resolved," Bob Blendon, a professor emeritus of public health at Harvard, said in an interview. Blendon was not associated with the survey.

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