As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people around the world are desperately trying to make sense of the pandemic. However, accessing accurate and trustworthy information about the coronavirus has become a minefield littered with mis and disinformation, myths, and conspiracy theories. The World Health Organization (WHO) has dubbed this phenomenon as an “infodemic” – “an overabundance of information, some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.”
One way to stem the spread of mis and disinformation is to inundate the information ecosystem with accurate, evidence-based information in plain language. This is where accurate reporting and fact-checking comes in and why, together, they are essential to curbing the spread of dis/misinformation.
Fact-checking relies on a set of skills that can be learned and is one way for concerned citizens to join the fight against COVID-19 misinformation circulating in their community. Starting up your own COVID-19 fact-checking group is in some ways akin to starting a small business or a nonprofit, and while it may feel daunting, our #Factchecking Quick Start Guide is designed to make it easier. The guide is based, in part, on our analysis of over 200 #COVID19 fact-checkers.
You can find the guide here.