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Misinformation about COVID-19 is causing fear and anxiety

POSTED abril 14, 2020

Misinformation about COVID-19 is causing fear and anxiety

How Children Believe is ensuring communities where we work have accurate information about the pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect populations around the world, rumours and falsehoods about what it is, how it’s spread, cures and more are causing concern, even in areas where Children Believe works.

Whether “fake news” is spread intentionally or unintentionally, the implications can be far-reaching. “We should not lose sight of the fact that, irrespective of intention, the effect of sharing falsehoods is to disinform and disempower the public, with deadly potential,” Guy Berger, the director for policies and strategies regarding communication and information at UNESCO, is quoted as saying by the UN News.

In some Children Believe communities, such news has caused fear about how the virus is contracted and among health staff who we’re not prepared for the outbreak. So, we’re sharing accurate life-saving information in local languages about the virus through radio, social media, posters and pamphlets. We’re also distributing protective equipment to health centres as well as food and hygiene kits to families.

To learn more about how you can help today, visit childrenbelieve.ca/covid.

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