Coronavirus (672) BBC: The human cost of virus misinformation

27 May, 2020

Dear Neil and HIFA colleagues,

An article from the BBC's team tracking coronavirus misinformation:

Coronavirus: The human cost of virus misinformation

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-52731624

Their opening paragraph:

"A BBC team tracking coronavirus misinformation has found links to assaults, arsons and deaths. And experts say the potential for indirect harm caused by rumours, conspiracy theories and bad health information could be much bigger."

Best wishes

Julie

HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development (www.globalbiomedia.co.uk). She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group. www.hifa.org/people/steering-group

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Email: naimareza AT hotmail.com