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LIVE GUIDE: All our coronavirus fact-checks in one place

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As the world battles to bring Covid-19 infections under control, more and more people are seeking information around 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 six broad categories. 



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Do you have questions for us? Please submit them through our dedicated Info Finder Covid-19 page. You can also find answers to the questions you have asked.


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Your questions about the global pandemic answered

Guide: How to vet information during a pandemic

In all the uncertainty around the coronavirus, how can you tell fact from fiction? Our guide gives three tips.

Five Steps to Fight Fake News and False Information

Ask yourself these five questions before sharing a message online.

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

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Are you a reporter battling against the tide of misinformation? Or just keen on learning more about misinformation in this tough period?



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