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The Week Trending - Why We Need To Tackle Coronavirus Misinformation

Sarah Stacey
Sarah Stacey

5:28 PM - 13 Mar 2020

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The government has been forced to deny rumours that an emergency lockdown will be enforced in Ireland on Monday, after claims were made in a WhatsApp voice message.

It's just one of many pieces of misinformation about the coronavirus that have been circulating on social media. Others include the myth that drinking water every 15 minutes will protect you from the virus, and tips on how to make your own hand sanitiser.

Does there need to be a societal response in terms of debunking these myths?

Brianna Parkins and Lorcan Nyhan discussed this and more of the stories making the news this week in The Week Trending.

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