(With thanks to Irina Ibraghimova, Country Representative for Croatia)
In epidemics and pandemics, WHO is fighting a second “disease”; an infodemic - an over-abundance of information - some accurate and some not - that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.
The infodemic spans four major thematic areas where people look for trustworthy information and where misinformation and rumors are placed.
- The cause of the disease: How did it emerge and what is the reason?
- The illness: what are the symptoms and how it is transmitted?
- The treatment: How can it be cured?
- The interventions: what is being done by health authorities or other institutions?
Due to the high demand for timely and trustworthy information about COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) has established the Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN) that unites technical and social media teams working closely to track and respond to misinformation, myths and rumours and provide tailored information and evidence for action.
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