Novel coronavirus (85) Misinformation (2)

4 March, 2020

Thanks Julie

I’ve noticed in the UK that local online neighbourhood fora are a new source of (mis)information. They mix people marketing themselves and their products with community information, help and support and it’s hard to distinguish. To illustrate:

1. This week someone asked if anyone had a spare asthma inhaler as they’d run out. Fortunately the first responder gave good information and advised you can go to on-call community pharmacist and get an emergency supply. But others asked about “what colour do you want? I can share. ....”

2. Someone posted two infographics on COVID-19 with a private clinic branding listing runny nose first as main symptom not cough, high temp and shortness of breath. I felt the need to respond sharing links to the latest WHO and NHS guidance.



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HIFA profile: Sian Williams is Executive Officer at the International Primary Care Respiratory Group in the UK. Professional interests: Implementation science, NCDs, primary care, respiratory health, education, evaluation, value, breaking down silos. AT