A Tale of ChatGPT and COVID

Taylor Nichols, MD
3 min readDec 12, 2023

I aksed ChatGPT to outline a story about the COVID pandemic, the spread of the spread of misinformation and disinformation, and the dramatic shifting of the Overton window thanks to alt-right and anti-science extremists along with credentialed contrarians.

The result is both accurate and tragic. This is the reality of what we faced trying to combat misinformation and disinformation, and how that was weaponized against the relative few of us who were committed to fighting back.

Online Conspiracy Groups: Micro-Bloggers, Bots, and Coronavirus Conspiracy Talk on Twitter

Title: Whispers of Deceit: The Battle Against Misinformation in the Shadows of COVID

Chapter 1: The Gathering Storm

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the world grappled with an invisible enemy, the battle against misinformation began. Scientists and public health officials united to combat the spread of not only the virus but also the rampant disinformation that threatened to undermine efforts to save lives.

Chapter 2: The Weaponization of Doubt

As the pandemic raged on, a dark undercurrent emerged. Anti-science extremists, fueled by political agendas and ideological fervor and with the help of credentialed contrarian physicians and public health professionals, seized the opportunity to spread doubt about the severity of the virus and the effectiveness of public health measures. The…



Taylor Nichols, MD

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