These questions and answers were developed by the World Health Organization, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF.
COVID-19 Rumors and Misinformation
Despite the objections of experts to the publication of articles before they have been peer reviewed, this report states,that pre-reviewed articles and other types of misinformation have gained traction on social media because they take advantage of vulnerable human emotions. Those feelings can drive the viral spread of hoaxes.
The ten mythbusters, available in English and Siswati, were developed based on feedback received from chiefdom leadership who identified prevailing myths and misconceptions related to COVID-19 prevention, treatment or stigma related to recovery.
In July 2020, the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in collaboration with the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) WHO, MIT, and Facebook surveyed people in 67 countries about their developing knowledge, attitudes, and practice around COVID-19.
In Nigeria, as in many countries, social media has allowed anyone to post COVID-19 misinformation as truth and fact, while misleading the public and, in some cases, causing real damage.
This article explains that Covid-19 has made the topic of misinformation timely and urgent. Discerning reliable health information is especially a matter of life or death for older people who are more vulnerable to the virus, and showcases projects created to ameliorate the situation.
This infographic shows the steps one should take when reading/listening to information about COVID-19 on social media platforms.
Proliferating misinformation — even when the content is, in a best-case scenario, harmless — can have serious and even social and lethal health ramifications in the context of a global pandemic. In some countries, rumours about impending food scarcity prompted people to stockpile supplies early on in the epidemic and caused actual shortages.
This website offers publications and materials for the public emanating from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.