Stockpiling more than you actually need: hoarding — whether basic items like toilet paper and food or vital cleaning and medical supplies — doesn’t make you safer. It does mean that vulnerable and at-risk populations, as well as the healthcare and public safety, may not have what they need.
Fake news: the World Health Organization (WHO) has called it an “infodemic” — too much information, much of it untrue, making it hard for you to find what you need to know and know what you need to trust about the COVID-19 global pandemic.
This is especially prevalent on social media, where anyone can say anything and then share it with others. Be responsible — sharing is not crowd-sourced fact checking, it is either information or misinformation. First Draft, a non-profit that helps the journalism, academic, and technology industries (re)build trust, has published this handy cheat sheet “5 quick ways we can all double-check coronavirus information online“.
The Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network is keeping a running database of proven falsehoods in mainstream and social media about COVID-19.
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