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21 brilliant coronavirus tweets you should be sharing to combat fake news
Because, just sometimes, memes really can prevent the spread of misinformation.
Every single day brings new coronavirus headlines – some of which are genuine, some of which are not quite so genuine. However, the NHS is working hard to prevent the spread of #fakenews and misinformation.
As reported earlier today, there are currently 382 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK. Six people with the virus have died, the latest of which was a man in his early 80s who had underlying health conditions.
The sense of panic, though, is palpable: all you need do is look at the empty toilet roll shelves at your local supermarket to realise that. People are ignoring health advice given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) – which basically boils down to, “wash your hands, dispose of tissues immediately, practice good basic hygiene” – and instead are sharing dubious home remedies they’ve found on social media.
And that’s why the NHS has teamed up with Google, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to tackle the spread of coronavirus misinformation.
Social media sites are now directing UK users to the official NHS website if they search for coronavirus.
Sir Simon Stevens, the health service’s chief executive, told Sky News: “The NHS has already been battling coronavirus fake news, from working to take down false Twitter accounts to speaking out against misleading treatments being promoted by homeopaths online.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock added that the NHS strategy will prove crucial in enabling the public to “access reliable, accurate health information” as the outbreak grows.
It’s also worth noting, though, that many coronavirus memes are doing their part to stop #fakenews in its tracks.
With that in mind, here are 21 tweets you should be sharing in the fight against misinformation.
First, a note on hand sanitiser
Why does soap work so well against viruses?
So let’s wash those hands…
Or, for those who prefer music, try these 90s hand-washing songs on for size