LIVE GUIDE: All our coronavirus fact-checks in one place
The global spread of the Covid-19 disease has led to unprecedented measures around the world. But spreading almost as fast has been misinformation. [LAST UPDATED: 27 AUG 2020]
As the world battles to bring Covid-19 infections under control, more and more people are seeking information around the virus.
The World Health Organization says that the pandemic has been accompanied by an “infodemic“: “an over-abundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it”.
Africa Check has been busy fact-checking viral WhatsApp messages, Facebook posts, tweets and news articles. We will continue to do so as long as there is a need for accurate information during this difficult time.
We have grouped our fact-checks into a running list of six broad categories.
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Do you have questions for us? Please submit them through our dedicated Info Finder Covid-19 page. You can also find answers to the questions you have asked.
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