Coronavirus (295) More fake news about Covid-19 (4)

1 April, 2020

Thanks to Najeeb for his comments - I have just learned that the piece of fake news I mentioned in my previous post was actually circulated by a current WHO Geneva staff member in the mistaken assumption that it was a genuine Johns Hopkins University press release.

When relevant information has "come from WHO", it becomes very hard to stop it going viral. This suggests that WHO may still have a job to do to teach its own staff how to recognize and avoid being the agents of such fake news transmission during an infodemic.


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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