Novel coronavirus (114) COVID-19 - an anecdote (3)

11 March, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues

I just had to respond to this! [Julie N Reza, UK:] I too have had this “Someone who graduated with a master's degree and who worked in Shenzhen Hospital (Guangdong Province, China)” circulated to me via my sculpture group (yes apart from being Global Health editor, I am also a sculptor on my one day off a week!).

The message was sent via an art tutor. I was debating how to tackle this tactfully .. and was about to recruit the assistance of the two nurses, physiotherapist and public health adviser in my sculpture group at tomorrows class!

Grateful you shared this anecdote as I am just gonna dive in fearlessly and send them in the direction of reliable information: WHO or PHE [Public Health England] or their GPs site.

Part of the appeal of the advice of this “reliable source” is the listing like FAQs, I feel.

I am going to be writing a news article about misinformation and disinformation in this coronavirus pandemic (Big tech action probably) for Global Health ( so will be sure to mention HIFA’s discussion on it.



HIFA profile: Wendie Norris is Editor of the Global Health & Tropical Diseases Bulletin, at CAB International, UK. CABI improves people's lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Wendie has a background as a research scientist in developmental biology. She is a member of the HIFA Steering group.

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