CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19)

Give facts (AND PEOPLE) a fighting chance

As part of a comprehensive effort to combat misinformation about COVID-19, the Friendship Bench has created this resource page to provide accurate information about the pandemic and free resources which can be easily downloaded and distributed.

 

As people increasingly take up social distancing, social media is an appealing way to stay in contact. But, it can also be a source of fake news and bad advice regarding COVID-19 which can increase stress and anxiety levels. Do your part, please stop sharing messages which you have not fact checked or which have not come from a reliable source such as the ones outline below. 

Reliable sources for information on COVID-19

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World Health Organisation

WHO- Zimbabwe Region MAP

• WHO- WhatApp msg service

Any information you get sent should be fact checked against the World Health Organisation official websites before being passed on. Play a part in the pandemic, break the spread of fake news that has the potential to promote panic and unsettle people.

WHY?

This being the digital age, news about the coronavirus and misinformation about the outbreak are spreading nearly as fast as the virus itself. For instance, fake tips on how to prevent or even cure coronavirus have gone viral and so have hoaxes aimed at spreading confusion. And then of course there are the opportunists - people posing as doctors or businessmen selling cures. And the biggest factor is, actually, well-intentioned ordinary, everyday people (like you and I) who are trying to make sense of this in a time of great uncertainty. There's a lot of public fear, so people are being motivated to share as much as possible but majority of people are doing this in a reckless way, and for some there is ego involved, wanting to be the first with the breaking news and latest update. THIS NEEDS OT BE CONTROLLED AS MUCH AS THE VIRUS.

Watch this TedTalk on "How False News Can Spread" by Noak Tavlin

HOW?

 

10 TIPS TO FIGHTING FAKE NEWS . (PDF)

How to fact check like a pro

FAKE NEWS CHEAT SHEET .  (PDF)

City University of NYC, School of Journalism

STOP, THINK, SPOT FAKE NEWS  . (PDF)

Tacomacc Library Guides 

HOW TO SPOT FAKE NEWS  (YouTube Video)

INTERESTING ARTICLE: How social media platforms are fighting coronavirus misinformation

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