UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Tuesday of a “dangerous epidemic of misinformation” surrounding the novel coronavirus as the world continues to grapple with bringing the outbreak under control.
“Around the world, people are scared. They want to know what to do and where to turn for advice,” Guterres said in a video message.
“This is a time for science and solidarity. Yet the global ‘misinfo-demic’ is spreading. Harmful health advice and snake-oil solutions are proliferating. Falsehoods are filling the airwaves. Wild conspiracy theories are infecting the internet. Hatred is going viral, stigmatizing and vilifying people and groups. The world