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How to read the news like a scientist and avoid the new virus ‘infodemic’

The origin of real vs. fake information

When reading an article, you might want to consider checking its source. It is very often that journalists reinterpret the original findings according to their own point of view.

Then, another aspect worthy of your attention is the fact that truth will most probably appear in multiple articles, while fake news is bound to be found on only one or two websites, messages and the kind.

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How to read the news like a scientist and avoid the new virus ‘infodemic’

How to read the news like a scientist and avoid the new virus ‘infodemic’

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/how-to-avoid-covid-19-fake-news-coronavirus/

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Limited knowledge

We are all currently going through a challenging period: while fighting the pandemic, we are also trying to stay positive and read only useful articles on the topic.

However, we should accept the fact that, as this virus has only just been discovered, the knowledge in regards to the new virus is limited and a bit uncertain as well.

The origin of real vs. fake information

When reading an article, you might want to consider checking its source. It is very often that journalists reinterpret the original findings according to their own point of view.

Then, another aspect worthy of your attention is the fact that truth will most probably appear in multiple articles, while fake news is bound to be found on only one or two websites, messages and the kind.

Checking the source of your news

Being positive that you can trust articles on topics as important as the current pandemic is of great relief.

This is why you should try reading reports that include comments from the study authors as well as articles that do not intend to present data in a certain manner, in order to manipulate the public.

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