Editorial: COVID is surging. Mixed messaging and reluctant leaders aren’t helping

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The Charlotte Observer

The omicron surge couldn’t have come at a worse time. After two years of things like mask-wearing, fights over mask-wearing and constant risk calculation over mask-wearing, people are exhausted and more divided than ever. Add in a healthy dose of mixed messaging and conflicting information, and we’ve got a real problem on our hands. One example of that mixed messaging: The Well, UNC-Chapel Hill’s in-house news source, published — and later changed — an article from UNC Health Monday telling people not to wear KN95 masks because they “remain in short supply” and “aren’t necessarily better if th…

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