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.

April 5, 2021

Misinformation Alerts (Canada)


Public health data analysts from the PGP (The Public Good Projects) triangulate publicly available media data along with other data from fact checking organizations and investigative sources to provide an accurate, but not exhaustive, list of currently circulating misinformation.

March 29, 2021

Innoculating against COVID-19 Vaccine Misinformation


The authors of this article state that confronting COVID-19 vaccine misinformation necessitates pre-emptive action to “immunize the public against misinformation”—a process that draws on the concept of psychological inoculation.

March 17, 2021

La Vérité sur la Covid-19, Combattre la désinformation au Sahel

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Du Sénégal au Soudan, en passant par le Mali, la Mauritanie, le Niger, le Burkina Faso, le Tchad et le Nord-Cameroon, cette campagne combine recherche de terrain, veille médiatique, formation des journalistes et production de contenus éducatifs.

March 9, 2021

Who is Susceptible to Online Health Misinformation?


This study into who is more susceptible to health misinformation and also tested four hypotheses concerning their psychosocial attributes: (1) deficits in knowledge or skill, (2) preexisting attitudes, (3) trust in health care and/or science, and (4) cognitive miserliness.

February 23, 2021

YouTube as a Source of Information on the COVID-19 Pandemic


This paper seeks to assess the quality and validity of information available on YouTube, based on the current Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.

Fake Covid Videos ‘Will Cost Lives’


The Royal College of Physicians is urging people not to share “copycat” and “dangerous” videos claiming steam inhalation can prevent Covid-19. The BBC has found that alternative coronavirus treatments are being sent on chat apps like WhatsApp, as well as being widely available on social media.

February 11, 2021

Vaccine Myths vs Science

SBC MaterialsVideo

This three minute and forty-four second video, part of WHO’s Science in 5 video series, features WHO’s Dr Katherine O’Brien busts some vaccine myths related to infertility, DNA and composition of vaccines.

COVID-19 Mythbusters, Guyana

PrintSBC Materials

‘COVID-19 Mythbusters’ are messages developed to counter popular rumous about COVID-19. These rumors were entered into a rumor tracking system.

February 3, 2021

Anti-Virus: The Covid-19 FAQ

Resource CentersWeb Resource

This website, which is updated regularly, is dedicated to debunking common COVID skeptic arguments, and highlighting the track record of some of the most influential and consistently-wrong skeptics.

The False Rumors About Vaccines That Are Scaring Women


This article explains that there is a good deal of misinformation that has been spread about the effects of the COVID-19 vaccine that might be detrimental to women’s health.

January 4, 2021

Call for Action: Managing the Infodemic


Deeply concerned with the undermining consequences of the current infodemic to the COVID-19 response and acknowledging the great potential for improved risk communication through new tools, the WHO has called on key stakeholders and the global community to commit to undertaking the actions in this article.

December 3, 2020

Real-time Rumor Tracking for COVID-19 – System Design and Implementation Guide

Guidance Document

This document is written for humanitarian or public health organizations as well as national governments seeking to document rumors in a systematic and dynamic fashion. First, the document provides an overview of the role of rumors in a public health or humanitarian emergency, followed by a summary of the community-based approach taken by Breakthrough ACTION during the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 16, 2020

Readability of Online COVID-19 Health Information: A Comparison between Four English Speaking Countries

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The general public is faced with a plethora of misinformation regarding COVID-19 and the readability of online information has an impact on their understanding of the disease.

The accessibility of online healthcare information relating to COVID-19 is unknown. The authors ought to evaluate the readability of online information relating to COVID-19 in four English speaking regions: Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, and compare readability of website source provenance and regional origin.

Seoul Declaration on Media and Information Literacy for Everyone and by Everyone

Guidance DocumentPrint

On the 10th anniversary of Global Media and Information Literacy Week, stakeholders from all over the world gave a resounding affirmation as to the urgency to strengthen people’s media and information literacy competencies.

The outcomes of the deliberations in the Feature Conference and Youth Agenda Forum have been immortalized in the Seoul Declaration on Media and Information Literacy for Everyone and by Everyone: A Defence against Disinfodemics. This Seoul Declaration benefited from a consultation with close to one thousand registered participants.

October 23, 2020

Nalamdana: Fighting COVID-19 Misinformation

SBC MaterialsVideo

This illustration-based video share the challenges of listening to misinformation – it can lead to risk of getting COVID-19. Friends gather (distanced and masked) around a tea shop and discuss what happened to an acquaintance who refused to listen to prevention messages and believed in quack methods to keep COVID-away.

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