These 6 tips will help stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation

Author John Green, 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Lester Holt and other MediaWise ambassadors teach you how to sort COVID-19 fact from fiction.

April 2, 2020
Category: Fact-Checking

PolitiFact and MediaWise are teaming up to debunk misinformation about the coronavirus crisis. To have Coronavirus Facts delivered to your inbox Monday-Friday, click here.

Today we’re celebrating International Fact-Checking Day, a day for fact-checkers around the world to share resources to help you sort fact from fiction.

But, it’s not just fact-checkers getting in on the action. Author John Green, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, YouTube influencers Tyler Oakley and Ingrid Nilsen, and other MediaWise ambassadors have created a PSA to help stop the spread of COVID-19 misinformation.

“It’s not rocket science,” said “PBS Newshour Weekend” anchor Hari Sreenivasan. Think like a journalist when you see something weird about the coronavirus — ask, “who, what, when, where and why.”

Peter Hamby, host of Snapchat’s “Good Luck America” said it best: “It takes 20 seconds to properly wash your hands. Take that same 20 seconds to stop and fact-check something before hitting that share button.”

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Alex Mahadevan is a senior multimedia reporter at MediaWise. He can be reached at amahadevan@poynter.org or on Twitter at @AlexMahadevan. Follow MediaWise on TikTok.

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