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Pursuit of verified content: Covid infodemic can be as terrible as virus

Refuting misinformation and preventing its spread is crucial

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When a famous politician pooh-poohs masks, or someone publishes pictures of himself swimming in cow urine, they put credulous individuals at risk

Devangshu Datta New Delhi
Cow urine (applied or ingested), cow dung (ditto), turmeric, salt, vinegar, miracle vaccines, miracle drugs, conspiracy theories: The Covid-19 pandemic has created an “infodemic” of fake news. 

This misinformation is dangerous in itself. Refuting misinformation and preventing its spread is crucial. When a famous politician pooh-poohs masks, or someone publishes pictures of himself swimming in cow urine, they put credulous individuals at risk. (The man who refuses to wear a mask, and the man who bathed in cow urine both got the disease.) 

How does one counter infodemics? In May, the United Nations set up a global initiative, “Verified”, in

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First Published: Oct 22 2020 | 6:10 AM IST

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