Social media has been a breeding ground for coronavirus rumors.
They say many rumors are attributed to issues other states have had with testing quality control. Alabama has not had these problems on a widespread basis, but in March DCH Health System had around 500 sputum-based COVID-19 tests that wound up unreadable.
ADPH included examples of Facebook posts with fake facts about the virus. Some have been shared thousands of times.
They said people can make sure they are staying properly informed by ensuring their information comes from a trusted source. For example, News organizations will often link back to their sources or cite where their information is coming from so readers can do further research if wanted.
The health authority also advised people to only share posts from trusted sources and suggested they encourage others to screen news before sharing it.
Some trusted sources regarding COVID-19 information include:
Spotting false information tips:
- How to spot fake news – Factcheck.org
- Research shows how to spot fake news about coronavirus – Forbes
- Comic: Fake news can be deadly. Here’s how to spot it – NPR
- Coronavirus advice for consumers – FTC.gov
- How to fact-check coronavirus misinformation on your timeline – Politifact
THREAD: Rumors & misinformation can easily circulate during a crisis. You can help stop the spread of rumors by doing 3 easy things:
- Find trusted sources of info.
- Share info from trusted sources.
- Discourage others from sharing info from unverified sources. (1/8) pic.twitter.com/mEd2V2z3k2
— Alabama Public Health (@ALPublicHealth) July 18, 2020