Coronavirus (544) BBC article: Coronavirus: The seven types of people who start and spread viral misinformation

4 May, 2020

Dear Neil & fellow HIFA members,

This "news trending" article from British broadcaster the BBC lists seven types of people that the BBC says"start and spread viral misinformation" ---from "joker" to "conspiracy theorist":

It may be of interest to those who are trying to address issues around health misinformation.

Best wishes


HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development ( 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.

Email: naimareza AT