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18th March 2020
Consumer, Health & Environment Covid-19 Data, Tech & IP

Analysis: “Misinformation about COVID-19: Is the European Union well equipped to fight the ‘Infodemic’?” by Enza Cirone

One aspect that makes the COVID-19 outbreak different from previous epidemics is the major role that social media plays in everyday life. The possibility to effectively convey information (for instance, on suggested behaviours or on restrictions) to millions of people, in a short space of time, can be an asset in fighting the new coronavirus emergency. Unfortunately, however, social media can also contribute enormously to the dissemination of incorrect information and veritable fake news.

In February 2020, addressing his remarks on the novel coronavirus outbreak at the media briefing, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that ‘we are not just fighting an epidemic, we are fighting an infodemic’.* This

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