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 six broad categories. We will be adding more categories – and checks – as we encounter them.
Want even more fact-checks?
- 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.
Not sure whether to join the global scramble for a facemask? Read our analysis of what the science says.
Are you a reporter battling against the tide of misinformation? First Draft has come up with a handy toolbox of resources.
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