How Are Covid Infections Being Covered On Television News?

As some major media outlets begin to deemphasize reporting of Covid-19 infections, with the AP telling its "editors and reporters to avoid emphasizing case counts in stories about the disease," is this trend visible in television news coverage as well? The timeline below shows total daily mentions of "cases," "infections" and "positivity" across CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and BBC News London since the start of the pandemic, showing an initial surge at the beginning of the pandemic, a second in summer 2020, another during Delta and one during Omicron. Yet, since the start of 2022, mentions of infections have plummeted across all four channels.

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