How the COVID-19 virus sparked panic

A plethora of misinformation has exacerbated anxiety about this global health crisis. Edelman draws on the spread of the disease in Singapore to deliver takeaways for communicators.

The COVID-19 virus has exposed the unprecedented stress our health systems face from misinformation and information overload in the digital age.

The speed is faster than ever. The abundance of articles and outlets—some with questionable methods and sources—is growing.

At a time when many people have lost faith in long-respected institutions, it’s important for communicators to map how misinformation and panic can spread far more swiftly than the virus itself.

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