Rising above misinformation or fake news in Africa : another strategy to control COVID-19 spread

Bright Opoku AHINKORAH, Edward Kwabena AMEYAW, John Elvis HAGAN*, Abdul Aziz SEIDU, Thomas SCHACK

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Abstract

Misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic is gradually gaining much popularity and amplifying the threat facing humanity about the continuous spread of the virus regardless of one's location. Although some of the influx of these falsehoods may be harmless, others might pose a serious threat by misleading the general population to depend on unjustified and/unsubstantiated claims for protection and show preference for them against scientifically proven guidelines. This paper provides a clear understanding on some COVID-19 misinformation, the inherent implications this poses to public health in Africa and highlights the potential strategies to curb this trend.

Original languageEnglish
Article number00045
Number of pages4
JournalFrontiers in Communication
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Ahinkorah, Ameyaw, Hagan, Seidu and Schack.

Keywords

  • Africa
  • COVID-19
  • fake news
  • mass media
  • misinformation

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