As the world battles to bring novel coronavirus infections under control, more and more people are seeking information around the virus.
The World Health Organization says that the outbreak 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 in recent weeks. 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. We will be adding more categories such as podcasts.
- Cures and prevention (37)
- Hoaxes, half-truths and scams (51)
- Manipulated or out of context videos, images and articles (66)
- Conspiracy theories, origins and predictions (9)
- The odd and the bizarre (10)
- Things that are actually true (but you thought they weren’t) (17)
- Audio & podcasts (24)
- On Air: media appearances by our staff
Want even more fact-checks?
- 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 has been been tracking 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).
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.
Factsheets & Guides
FACTSHEET: Coronavirus and the Covid-19 outbreak
Guide: How to vet information during a pandemic
Ask yourself these five questions before sharing a message online.
Bonus Reads – all about masks:
And on 5G:
Are you a reporter battling against the tide of misinformation? Or just keen on learning more about misinformation in this tough period?
- The new 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.
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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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