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‘India world’s biggest Covid misinformation source’ – ET HealthWorld

‘India world’s biggest Covid misinformation source’The Covid-19 vaccine doesn’t generate magnetic properties within the human physique. Lemon juice up the nostril gained’t kill the coronavirus. Nor will maintaining bundles of cloves, cardamom, camphor and mace within the pocket. Over a 12 months and a half into the pandemic, India has emerged because the biggest supply of Covid misinformation, with 1 in 6 items of faux data coming in another country, a brand new examine has discovered.

The examine in Sage’s ‘International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ journal, by a researcher from the University of Alberta in Canada, went over 9,657 items of misinformation in 138 international locations. It included non-English content material and coated the interval from January 1 final 12 months to March 1 this 12 months. “The data used in this study are collected from the (Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network) IFCN website, which currently has the most comprehensive COVID-19 misinformation data collected from all over the world,” the writer, Dr Md Sayeed Al-Zaman, advised TOI.

The examine discovered social media is the biggest producer of misinformation, accounting for 85% of it. Internet-based sources make up 91% of all Covid pretend news. Among international locations, India is the biggest supply (18%), adopted by Brazil (9%) and the USA (8.6%). The quantity of misinformation can also be the very best in India, at 16%, adopted by the USA (9.7%) and Brazil (8.6%).

“Since there are limited empirical studies on this issue, the reasons can only be presumed now. I suspect that the weak information and communication infrastructure, less (digital) information literacy and information awareness among the people, and living prejudices in the Indian society could be the prime reasons for higher Covid-19 misinformation in India,” Al-Zaman stated.

It can also be potential that the unfold of misinformation is related to how dangerous the pandemic is in a rustic. “It seems that misinformation in the top countries is somewhat consistent with the number of casualties they have experienced during the pandemic … For example, in both the lists of Covid-19 misinformation and Covid-19 casualties, the following 10 countries are common among the top 15: India, the USA, Brazil, Spain, France, Turkey, Colombia, Argentina, Italy and Mexico,” the paper stated.

The misinformation peaks additionally seem to trace at a hyperlink.

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