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Published March 7th, 2022 at 5:31 PM
In the course of two years, public health decision-making has become more and more politicized. 
This has persisted and affected COVID-19 mitigation efforts such as vaccines and boosters. 
Almost 60% of U.S. adults reported confusion over what public health officials’ recommendations to follow because of changing messaging, according to Pew Research
From the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, Flatland reporters followed talking points and community health care needs. Local leaders turned to public health officials to determine the next steps to protect their communities. Meanwhile, the majority of the public watched from home, waiting for guidance, confused by the ping pong of mandates and guidelines. 
That’s why Blanca asked curiousKC: “How can we stop politicizing a literal virus and get more people vaccinated and educated?”
This has been the locus of discussion for people across the city, many of whom spoke with us at the start of the pandemic. It’s also not an easy question to answer. 
Here’s a round-up of articles that include interviews and insights from experts — from professors to other community voices — who can help shed light on this complicated topic. 
Zhang spoke about his parents, who are doctors and alerted him to the virus early on, why racist language was so detrimental to the Asian community and what he learned as a political scientist. Check out the full episode here and read the outtakes of the interview here
Listen to the full podcast episode here
Read the full article here.
Read her story here
Here are two reports that explain why a vaccine isn’t the cause for flare up. One common theme was that “correlation doesn’t imply causation.” Read the articles here and here.
Read the full article here.
Vicky Diaz-Camacho covers community affairs for Kansas City PBS.
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