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Online Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Misinformation
The resources linked out below reflect a variety of resources that you can use to further understand, verify, or debunk information that you may encounter online related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
For additional information, please see the Wake Tech Coronavirus Response Page and the Wake Tech Library Coronavirus Research Guide, both of which are linked to below.
Wake Tech Coronavirus Response Page
This page contains the latest information on how Wake Tech is responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Wake Tech Library Coronavirus Research Guide
In this research guide you will find general information about coronaviruses.
World Health Organization: Myth Busters
This resource from the World Health Organization debunks myths related the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
FEMA: Coronavirus Rumor Control
FEMA helps the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
FTC: Avoid Coronavirus Scams
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus.
Pew Research Center- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Pew Research Center's latest survey research and analysis related to the coronavirus outbreak.
NewsGuard: Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center
At this link are all the news and information sites in the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, and Germany that we have identified — 181 so far — as publishing materially false information about the virus. You’ll find websites that are notorious for publishing false health content, and political sites whose embrace of conspiracy theories extends well beyond politics. Among the hoaxes these sites publish are that swallowing bleach or colloidal silver will prevent the coronavirus — when in fact these “treatments” can be harmful. Troublingly, you’ll also see some sites that generally stick to the facts but in this case have published unvetted, poorly sourced stories that turned out to be false.
Carnegie Mellon University- IDeaS Center and CASOS Center
There is no doubt that a global pandemic is a scary phenomenon. Hence, it is not surprising that many stories regarding the event will surface and be communicated. For COVID-19 a number of stories containing inaccurate or misleading information have populated social media. We list here the stories of this type that have been identified. Whether they are being spread by those knowing they are inaccurate maliciously, as a joke, or simply to discuss the inaccuracy is under study at this time. The point here is simply that these stories are not accurate.
Sifting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic
Learn the skills that will make a dramatic difference in your ability to sort fact from fiction on the web (and everything in between).
Download the SlowCOVIDNC App
Learn About and Download the SlowCOVIDNC App
Download the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app, enable your Bluetooth and Exposure Notification settings, and be notified if you have been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result in the app.
Once you opt-in to the notification system, you can also anonymously share a positive COVID-19 test result in the app. SlowCOVIDNC protects your identity and privacy while empowering you to protect yourself, your family, and your community.
Why Smart People Believe Coronavirus Myths
Why Smart People Believe Coronavirus Myths
In the 80s, 90s, and 2000s we saw the spread of dangerous lies about Aids – from the belief that the HIV virus was created by a government laboratory to the idea that the HIV tests were unreliable, and even the spectacularly unfounded theory that it could be treated with goat’s milk. These claims increased risky behaviour and exacerbated the crisis.
Now, we are seeing a fresh inundation of fake news – this time around the coronavirus pandemic. From Facebook to WhatsApp, frequently shared misinformation include everything from what caused the outbreak to how you can prevent becoming ill.
Coronavirus: How can you stop the spread of misinformation?