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Coronavirus Myths, Rumors and Misinformation

Posted Mar. 28, 2020

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, health care organizations like Johns Hopkins Medicine are focusing all of their efforts on slowing the spread of the new coronavirus and caring for patients.

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In a situation like this when information is rapidly changing, myths, rumors and misinformation often begin. Social media and other digital platforms can help spread these myths extremely quickly and make them appear correct. Rumors and misinformation can also easily circulate in communities during a crisis.

Rumors about the new coronavirus, including ones citing Johns Hopkins immunologists, infectious disease experts and other specialists, lack credibility because they are not published by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Medical information about the new coronavirus published on Johns Hopkins Medicine is reviewed by experts in the fields of infection prevention, emergency management and emergency medicine.

Our response to all rumors is to consult our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates resource center for the most up-to-date information from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

How can you spot a rumor?

When evaluating information you find on social media or other outlets, it is important to follow these guidelines:

  • Use trusted sources, such as official government or health care websites and social media channels.
  • Evaluate other information from the source, including links and sources, to see if it appears reliable.
  • Search other credible resources to see if they are sharing similar information.

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