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Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has been one of the targets of misinformation during the pandemic and was falsely accused of helping spread the COVID-19 virus to sell a vaccine. (Reaching the Last Mile Forum via AP Images)

5 ways to help stop the ‘infodemic,’ the increasing misinformation about coronavirus

The World Health Organization says the abundance of misinformation swirling around COVID-19 is as dangerous as the virus itself. There are ways to fight this, however.
Commuters outside Nairobi Railway Station wash their hands before entering the train station as a preventive measure against COVID-19. Photo by Dennis Sigwe/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

COVID-19: a guide to good practice on keeping people well informed

Health literacy is the degree to which people can get, understand and use basic health information to make decisions about health issues.
Have some healthy skepticism when you encounter images online. tommaso79/Stock via Getty Images Plus

Out-of-context photos are a powerful low-tech form of misinformation

Images without context or presented with text that misrepresents what they show can be a powerful tool of misinformation, especially since photos make statements seem more believable.

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