Countering the ‘Disinfodemic’ in Namibia
By Frederico Links |
As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread outwards from its initial epicentre in China since December 2019, so too has a rising tide of disinformation. It has become clear over the months, since January 2020, that this disinformation tide is contributing to polluting and corrupting the health communication information space and is undermining the effectiveness of information-driven health responses that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic.
As never before, disinformation has become substantially concerning as a global public health issue. Namibia has not been spared the COVID-19 related disinformation contagion that has been amplified by social media networks and messaging applications.
With lives and livelihoods on the line, it has become increasingly critical to study, understand and create awareness of the unfolding COVID-19 disinformation phenomenon as it grows and spreads with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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