Guide on how to vet information during a pandemic


63 days ago

In all the uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how can you tell fact from fiction?

Africa Check has compiled a guide to help you vet information whenever there is a pandemic.

Speaking to Azania Mosaka, Africa Check acting deputy director Kate Wilkinson says the first step is the easy one but yet so difficult to do.

The first step is just to pause. We are so programmed ad wired to receive information and instantly share it.

Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check 

It is not wrong to feel scared but we need to recognise those feelings and how it is going to influence what we are sharing.

Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check 

Wilkinson says they are receiving so much information on WhatsApp, emails and social media.

The next step is to think about the source. If it is not easy to figure out where information is coming from or who created it, that is a huge red flag.

Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check 

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Lastly, find a trusted source. For global number go to the World Health Organisation. In South Africa go to the Department of Health and the NICD.

Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check 

To track the latest developments around the coronavirus both in South Africa and abroad, click on this live status report from Strategix.

This article first appeared on 702 : Guide on how to vet information during a pandemic

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