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Why we need “informational distancing” during the coronavirus crisis


Stepping back and taking time to consider the media we consume could help to slow the spread of misinformation about the pandemic.

The World Health Organisation recently launched a WhatsApp chatbot to inform the world about coronavirus. It links users to reports on the latest case count, explains proper hygiene techniques, and debunks the mounting myths about the pandemic. “Hand dryers are NOT effective in killing the coronavirus,” it admonishes. “Ultraviolet light SHOULD NOT be used for sterilisation and can cause skin irritation.” The disinformation extends beyond would-be cures; false text messages circulate warning of the imminent imposition …read more

Source:: New Statesman

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