Deadly Fake News Battling Virulent Coronavirus Rumors in Africa

Inaccurate claims and potentially dangerous medical advice is spreading in Africa even faster that the coronavirus itself. This "infodemic" could have disastrous consequences.
By Anne Backhaus in Accra
Demonstrators in Nairobi demanding better masks to protect against coronavirus

Demonstrators in Nairobi demanding better masks to protect against coronavirus

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Notices with dangerously inaccurate information such as this one are making the rounds in Africa.

Notices with dangerously inaccurate information such as this one are making the rounds in Africa.

A customs official in Dakar: Countries in Africa are doing what they can to prepare for the pandemic. Fake news is not helpful.

A customs official in Dakar: Countries in Africa are doing what they can to prepare for the pandemic. Fake news is not helpful.

Sadak Souici/ imago images
"Our biggest problem here is that nobody wants to be the person who carried coronavirus into the village."

David Ajikobi, journalist in Nigeria

This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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