CHICAGO (CBS) — Since the start of the pandemic, there’s been a lot of confusion around COVID. That’s why a local epidemiologist turned to social media to help separate fact from fiction.
CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas gets the details from Dr. Katrine Wallace, a Chicago epidemiologist who is also a TikTok influencer.READ MORE: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman Has 'Stepped Aside' Following Independent Probe Into 2010 Sexual Assault Claim Against Former Coach
From trending dances and cooking hacks to an epidemiologist that demystifies COVID-19 while on rollerblades.
“I downloaded TikTok at the beginning of the pandemic, for the same reason everybody else did. I was bored at home during the lockdown, and I just wanted to have some entertainment,” she said.
But since then, Wallace has become a viral TikTok star for her videos addressing COVID-19 misinformation.READ MORE: SWAT Teams On Scene For Hours As Man Barricades Himself In Lemont Township Home With Child
“I would say the biggest reason people don’t want to get vaccinated at this point are they believe it is experimental. I think people misunderstand the clinical trial process, and the fact that all of the steps, the normal steps, were taken,” she said.
Wallace said combining the latest TikTok trends with scientific data has had an impact on her followers.
“Every single day I get messages from people saying, you know, ‘”My mom decided to get vaccinated because we watched your videos,’” she said.
She’s putting a trusted face to the information to help her audience make informed choices, and keep the truth trending.MORE NEWS: Data Show More Than 100 Carjackings In Austin Community This Year, Just 5 Not Far Away In Hermosa
“If you empower people with data it helps them to make better decisions for themselves and for their families,” she said.