As the world battles to bring Covid-19 infections under control, many people have sought information about the virus.
The World Health Organization says that the pandemic has been accompanied by an "infodemic": "an over-abundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it".
Africa Check has been busy fact-checking viral WhatsApp messages, Facebook posts, tweets and news articles. We will continue to do so as long as there is a need for accurate information during this difficult time.
We have grouped our fact-checks into a running list of seven broad categories.
- Cures and prevention (51)
- Hoaxes, half-truths and scams (90)
- Manipulated or out of context videos, images and articles (78)
- Conspiracy theories, origins and predictions (10)
- The odd and the bizarre (10)
- Things that are actually true (but you thought they weren’t) (36)
- Audio and podcasts (31)
- On Air: Webinars & media appearances by our staff (23)
- Africa Check is part of the CoronaVirusFacts/DatosCoronaVirus Alliance, a collaborative project involving several non-partisan fact-checking organisations and coordinated by the International Fact-Checking Network.
The project tracked Covid-19 misinformation for months. To access hundreds of these fact-checks in more than 40 languages, click on here to the Database. You can also use the hashtags #CoronaVirusFacts and #DatosCoronaVirus on various social media channels.
- We have also picked some noteworthy fact-checking work by others here: What others have fact-checked
- TIP: type 'coronavirus' in Google's Fact Check Explorer tool for multiple global fact-checks on the new coronavirus. (You'll need to sign in via a Google account)
Factsheets & Guides
FACTSHEET: What you need to know about vaccine approval in Kenya
Bonus Reads - all about masks:
ANALYSIS: Not all cloth masks are equal, but better than no protection from coronavirus
And on 5G:
FACTSHEET: Five questions about 5G technology answered
Are you a reporter battling against the tide of misinformation? Or just keen on learning more about misinformation in this tough period?
- The Verification Handbook for Disinformation and Media Manipulation is online and available to read for free. The book is published by the European Journalism Centre.
- First Draft, a reputable non-profit that tackles information disorder, has come up with a handy toolbox of resources.
- Online investigations experts Bellingcat have a formidable array of tools and guides you can use to conduct online investigations at this difficult time.
- The US-based Poynter Institute has also pulled together a strong box of resources to help journalists, fact-checkers, educators and students cover Covid-19.
Many people may feel helpless during this time, especially if they are working from home or self-isolating. But we can all help combat false and misleading information about the novel coronavirus.
Please share this #LiveGuide and encourage your friends and family to share accurate information. Tag @AfricaCheck and use #CoronaVirusFacts.
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