Coronavirus (536) Are we past the peak of viral WhatsApp misinformation about coronavirus? (2)

2 May, 2020

Good morning Martin

I live in South Africa and there has been a huge drop in the number of WhatsApp messages with misinformation. I think it has largely been due to our government threatening legal consequences for those spreading misinformation. I used to see about 3-5 messages per day spreading misinformation during the early days of the pandemic- now I see one every week or two.

Kind regards,

Erika Bostock

HIFA Profile: Erika Bostock is a Speech Therapist and Audiologist with Mpumalanga Department of Health in South Africa. She has professional interests in rural healthcare, providing services in low-resource situations, support for families of people with disabilities, volunteer work and African healthcare models. Erika is the current president of SASLHA, the South African Speech, Language and Hearing Association and is a founding member of RuReSA, Rural Rehab South Africa. She is also a volunteer Speech Therapist for Operation Smile.

Email: eribost AT gmail.com