Infodemic: more than half of Canadians shared COVID-19 reports online without verifying accuracy

Observing a whole lot of pretend news?

A new examine observes that the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by an “overabundance of information”.

It is known as an “infodemic”.

As researchers with Statistics Canada famous, this would make it “very complicated for folks to obtain information and reputable sources”.

And that is dangerous.

“Misinformation in the context of COVID-19 can endanger the population’s wellness, specifically if the news that spreads is about untrue avoidance actions or solutions, or if it undermines the population’s belief in wellness expert services and general public or political institutions,” in accordance to Karine Garneau and Clémence Zossou.

Garneau and Zossou wrote the paper “Misinformation During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, which was launched by Statistics Canada on Tuesday (February two).

The examine has some appealing conclusions.

For illustration, 96 per cent of Canadians who utilized the Online to obtain data noticed COVID-19 data that they suspected was

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