The volume of disinformation peaked during the coronavirus epidemic, that specialists ended up speaking of an “infodemic” crisis. Many fake news and rumors have circulated around the world, not to mention the false remedies.
So much so that this summer, after the publication of a report on the impact of this infodemic on public health, media around the world have claimed that disinformation has killed at least 800 people on the planet. ” Coronavirus: “fake news” caused hundreds of deaths across the world “Thus headlined several newspapers, like The Dispatch, the BBC or the independent. In Belgium, Paris Match plainly written ” Coronavirus misinformation responsible for thousands of deaths, study finds “.
This disinformation is mainly responsible for a new intox! Because if the international agencies, WHO in the lead, have warned about the health risk represented by these rumors, the study in question does not aim absolutely to estimate the number of deaths due to disinformation. Above all, it identified all the fake news on the subject and the response from platforms, authorities and international agencies.
There is no mention of thousands of deaths. The figure of 800 dead comes from Iran. Where the authorities estimate that 800 people died after drinking adulterated alcohol, while a rumor indicated that alcohol could serve as a disinfectant and prevent Covid … Even in this case, another study precisely indicates that the it is not known how many people have ingested this alcohol to protect themselves from Covid, and how many have done so for purely recreational purposes.
While fake news on Covid can have serious effects, it does not prevent the infodemic from spreading …
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