Coronavirus (281) More fake news about Covid-19 - watch out for this one

1 April, 2020

The infodemic continues. I just received some "very useful information" supposedly published by Johns Hopkins University (which is doing such a great job keeping the current crisis factual). Despite the supposed source, at first glance, I thought it looked fishy, so I checked it out.

It is not on the Hopkins website and it contains errors. So beware if you get a plausible message offering an "excellent summary to avoid contagion" attributed to Johns Hopkins University. Check out the Snopes link below, which analyses the story and concludes, "This viral “advice” did not originate with Johns Hopkins University and the information contained within lacks credibility."

Chris Zielinski

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HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT

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