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Coronavirus: Fight Against Misinformation

Coronavirus: Fight Against Misinformation

by Carlos A. Vázquez   |   March 30, 2020   |     7 min read

Updated 3/31/2020. – During the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) thousands of FALSE articles, videos, audios, text messages, and recommendations have infected the internet and spread misinformation through social networks.

At CodersLink we care about reducing the spread of the coronavirus in the same way that we care about reducing the spread of false information that has damaged the efforts to control the pandemic. 

For this reason, we have compiled a list of verified sites where you can consult REAL news, data, and stats that helps us all to combat misinformation, thus avoiding more confusion, stress and, of course, more infections by the coronavirus.

International

World Health Organization – WHO

The site has information and guidance updated daily. WHO collaborates with global experts, scientists, and governments to track the spread of the coronavirus and advise countries and individuals on appropriate measures to prevent and protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Johns Hopkins University – Map 

This map is updated with information from the WHO, CDC, ECDC, NHC, DXY and other official sites, to provide frequently updated data. Information from certain countries may take time to update as it needs to be confirmed before publication.

United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF

News and information on how to protect yourself and your family. UNICEF is focused on the care and rights of children around the world. On its site dedicated to COVID-19, you will find articles to guide teachers and parents on how to talk to children about the coronavirus as well as news on the closure of schools due to COVID-19.

USA Information and Official Data

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC

CDC is closely monitoring coronavirus outbreaks and updating their information as new findings are reported in the Situation Summary page. The CDC site also has a world map of the regions where cases have been confirmed COVID-19 and facts about coronavirus disease.

USA Government

You can consult the US government dedicated site built by de CDC, The White House, and FEMA for the latest official information from the coronavirus (COVID-19). There is also The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America where you can learn how to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus Rumor Control by FEMA

To combat rumors and misinformation, FEMA has created a site to help Americans cope with rumors and events related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The page frequently updates questions related to rumors, until the last update these are some of them:

  • Are Older People And Those With Existing Conditions The Only Ones At Risk For Coronavirus?
  • Is FEMA Deploying The Military?
  • Is The Government Sending Everyone Money?
  • Is There A National Lockdown Or Quarantine?
  • Should I Stock Up On Food And Supplies?
  • Should I Worry About Hantavirus?

Federal Trade Commission – FTC

The FTC is also helping the public avoid falling into scams that have emerged to take advantage of people’s fear of the coronavirus. Here you can find tips on how to avoid coronavirus scams and law enforcement actions the FTC is taking.

Other Federal Agencies

There are more government agencies that are contributing to stopping misinformation and giving guidance on what is within their responsibility, to learn more about what the Federal Government is doing in response to COVID-19, visit https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus 

Verified News

Google News – COVID-19

Google has created a special section for verified news and data. The news is divided by: 

They also built and special site to find information and resources easily:

Social Networks

WhatsApp WHO (English)

In collaboration with the WHO, WhatsApp has created an account to provide information verified via this messaging app. 

You can select the information you want to know at that time by sending a number or emoji:

  1. Latest numbers 🔢
  2. Protect yourself 👍
  3. Your questions answered❓
  4. Mythbusters 🛑 
  5. Travel advice 🗺
  6. News & Press 📰
  7. Share ⏩
  8. Donate now 🥰

Twitter

Follow and retweet only information from trusted sources like:

Blogs

Coronavirus: Why We Must Act Now

Politicians, businessmen, associations, and communities: What should they do and when? This is a blog with more than a dozen million visits that answers the questions like:

  • How many cases of coronavirus will there be in your area?
  • What will happen when these cases materialize?
  • What should you do?
  • When?

Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance

This article is a continuation of Coronavirus: Why We Must Act Now. Talk about immediate and harsh measures to attack the Coronavirus.

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

The graphic reporter Harry Stevens simulates the spread of the coronavirus, which helps to understand how flattening the curve can slow the outbreak down.

Flattening The Curve

This site is full with information about the most important thing to do during the coronavirus epidemic: #FlattenTheCurve. It’s plainly explained, although they are not speaking on behalf of any institution, they include only trusted sources and maintain the site updated.

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Support Funds for Businesses

Stand with Austin Fund
Who it’s for: Nonprofits assisting individuals and small businesses most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
Who it’s for: US small businesses and nonprofits facing a temporary loss of revenue

Express Bridge Loans
Who it’s for: US small businesses and nonprofits waiting to receive a Disaster Loan

Zero-interest loans
Who it’s for: Businesses with fewer than 100 employees with sales decrease of 25%

Payroll grant
Who it’s for: Businesses with fewer than five employees

Facebook Small Business Grants Program
Who it’s for: Any small business in over 30 countries where Facebook operates

Google Ad credits
Who it’s for: Small and medium businesses, who advertise directly with Google or its partners around the world with active accounts since the beginning of 2019.

For more information visit the Small Business Relief Tracker by Forbes

At times like these, information is our best ally in avoiding unnecessary fear or distress. Take care of your mental health, let’s help fight misinformation by sharing only official data and verified news.

We will be updating these data and information as necessary.

Together let’s prevent misinformation from going viral!

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