While the world is still battling in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, We face a challenge of an overload of information related to the dreaded virus. Some of this information may be false and eventually harmful.
The spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria has continued to be on the increase by the spread of misinformation and disinformation about the novel coronavirus. In Nigeria, information casting doubt on the existence of the coronavirus is spread especially through social media channels, but also through other informal channels.
More needs to be done to raise awareness about the risks of misinformation around COVID-19, and encourage the public to double-check information with trusted sources such as NCDDC, WHO and national health authorities.
The use of social media platforms and messaging Apps are veritable platforms for the dissemination of information as such, these messages can be pictorially repackaged in local languages to make it more attractive and impactful using Infographics with verified information passed down to the people.
Fact-checking popular beliefs about the pandemic is as important as staying safe as the NCDC are always available to respond and in cases when in doubt you can easily visit any certified medical professional for guidance.