In all the uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how can you tell fact from fiction?
Africa Check has compiled a guide to help you vet information whenever there is a pandemic.
Speaking to Azania Mosaka, Africa Check acting deputy director Kate Wilkinson says the first step is the easy one but yet so difficult to do.
The first step is just to pause. We are so programmed ad wired to receive information and instantly share it.— Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check
It is not wrong to feel scared but we need to recognise those feelings and how it is going to influence what we are sharing.— Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check
Wilkinson says they are receiving so much information on WhatsApp, emails and social media.
The next step is to think about the source. If it is not easy to figure out where information is coming from or who created it, that is a huge red flag.— Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check
Lastly, find a trusted source. For global number go to the World Health Organisation. In South Africa go to the Department of Health and the NICD.— Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check
#COVID19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has the world firmly in its grip. In all the uncertainty, how can you tell fact from fiction?— Africa Check (@AfricaCheck) March 23, 2020
Our guide gives 3 tips. https://t.co/1HXqnVCQz2 #CoronaVirusFacts
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