Tackling COVID-19 Misinformation | How to spot it and report it

As the world has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also, and continue to, face the challenge of an overabundance of fake information related to the virus. Some of this information may be false and potentially harmful.

Inaccurate information spreads widely and at speed, making it more difficult for the public to identify verified facts and advice from trusted sources, such as their local authority or the World Health Organisation.


Misinformation can be difficult to spot, you can encourage people to use the SHARE checklist, and take care with what they share:

Check the Source, Read the Headline, Analyse the facts, check if the image looks Retouched and look for any Error’s in grammar

How to report misinformation

If you see content online that you believe to be false or misleading, you can report it to the hosting social media platform. The World Health Organisation have put together guidance here:



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