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Tracking Misinformation

There is a LOT of information out there about the coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19). While much of this information is valid and useful, there is also a lot of misinformation. At minimum, misinformation fuels panic and anxiety. Misinformation can also have serious health consequences; in fact, it has become so serious that the World Health Organization has characterized it as a "infodemic" in February 2020. 

We're seeing recommendations like drinking bleach (please don't) and coating your hands in oil (that won't work and everything will end up sticky) are options and they are not

Please use this page to fact check, learn more, and share with others to help with spreading accurate and timely information about COVID-19. Some places to rely on for information about COVID-19 are:

Social media can also be a useful tool to find information--reputable organizations like the WHO and CDC will often use it to push information out quickly--but be mindful of where the information you see is coming from.

Evaluating Sources

Remember to critically evaluate all of the information you consume:

  • Who is creating the information? Who is publishing or sharing it? What do you know or what can you find out about those people or organizations? Are they credible?
  • What is the motive for sharing this information?
  • Can you verify the information anywhere else? Has it been reported or shared by other credible sources?
  • Do the authors include links to their sources? Are those sources reliable? This is especially important for health-related information - is there scientific support for the information being shared?