Rumors and Misinformation

This is a curated collection of tools and materials that can guide and provide examples on how to understand, track, address rumors and misinformation around COVID-19.

November 29, 2021

The Truck: A COVID-19 prevention campaign on wheels

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The Truck is a multi-media messenger on wheels traveling South Africa and broadcasting local stories about how COVID-19 has affected people’s lives. Accompanied by trained community engagement teams, the joint effort is a vital communication intervention creating awareness about COVID-19 prevention methods while combatting misinformation and myths about the virus.

November 23, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy on Social Media: Building a Public Twitter Data Set of Antivaccine Content, Vaccine Misinformation, and Conspiracies

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False claims about COVID-19 vaccines can undermine public trust in ongoing vaccination campaigns, posing a threat to global public health. Misinformation originating from various sources has been spreading on the web since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Antivaccine activists have also begun to use platforms such as Twitter to promote their views. To properly understand the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy through the lens of social media, it is of great importance to gather the relevant data.

November 12, 2021

Answers to Tough Questions about Public Health

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This section is an ongoing compilation of tough questions related to COVID-19, with suggested answers. Many of these topics are sensitive and often politicized. The document is designed to provide message guidance and framing for public health officials and others, and it is regularly updated to reflect new developments and emerging issues.

November 11, 2021

Response to COVID-19, a practical guide for schools

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The development of this practical guide is part of the response to Covid-19 in schools and schools. This work was coordinated by DCMS / MEN, in partnership with SNEIPS / MSAS, Atelier FONS and USAID / Breakthrough Action. This guide, which is intended to be a tool to support the educational community in establishing good attitudes and practices, is made up of three parts.

October 29, 2021

Guide de gestion des rumeurs COVID-19-SN

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Ce document est un guide de gestion des rumeurs durant la campagne contre la COVID-19.

Il est destiné aux techniciens, prestataires de santé et acteurs communautaires pour une meilleure gestion dans l’exécution du plan de communication.

October 25, 2021

COVID-19: Silencing health workers, researchers, and journalists caused unnecessary deaths, says Amnesty International

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Governments are causing unnecessary covid-19 deaths by trying to silence healthcare workers, journalists, and researchers, Amnesty International has said.

By clamping down on freedom of expression they have damaged peoples’ ability to access accurate and timely information to help them respond to the global health crisis, the human rights group said in a report Silenced and Misinformed: Freedom of Expression in Danger During COVID-19. Simultaneously, big tech has amplified the reach of inaccurate and dangerous information.

August 30, 2021

Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

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This news article by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains that you should not use the livestock dewormer drug called ivermectin to treat COVID-19. The FDA published the article in response to a rumor that the medicine is a miracle cure but has since resulted in increased calls to poison control centers across the US.

August 26, 2021

Coronavirus doesn’t care about position, caste or designation

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This poster explains that the coronavirus doesn’t care about position, caste or designation. It is a highly infectious virus and does not discriminate in terms of whom it infects.

Can people not infected with coronavirus black fungus

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This poster explains whether or not someone not infected with the coronavirus can get infected with black fungus.

Be aware of misleading device like corona guards advertised in the market

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This poster warns the public of a misleading device called a “corona guard” which has been marketed in Nepal to protect someone from COVID-19. It explains that the device does not work; if someone wanted to be protected, they should get vaccinated and wear a mask.

The coronavirus doesn’t spread from air

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This poster dispels the myth that the coronavirus spreads from open air and explains that it spreads when people are in close contact with each other, thus allowing respiratory droplets to spread to someone else.

July 27, 2021

What type of vaccine is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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This video explain what type of vaccine is the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

Physically disabled person sharing his experience of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

SBC MaterialsVideo

This is a video of a physically disabled person sharing his experience of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

July 22, 2021

Is it necessary to have a negative COVID-19 test result once infected?

SBC MaterialsVideo

This video explains if it is necessary to have a negative COVID-19 test result once infected to prove that you have recovered from the virus.

July 19, 2021

Is it ok to take the second dose of Verocel if the first dose is Covishield?

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This poster answers the question if it is possible to receive the second dose of the Verocel COVID-19 vaccine if your first dose was the Covishield vaccine.

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