Hello Everyone,

There is a sentence in the longman dictionary about shield I can't fully understand. Can you please explain it here or give me some examples about it?

"They thought the public should be shielded from the truth." Can I understand the background of the sentence this way? It is speculated by scientist that a big earthquake may hit an area. But The goverment of the area makes a descision after the evaluations to hide the public about the forecast as they think making the speculation public will cause more damage to the society: horror will spread, people will stop working...