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Fake Facts Are Flying About Coronavirus. Now There's a Plan to Debunk Them.

Bhaskar Chakravorti speaks with NPR about the difficulties in fighting health misinformation.

The coronavirus outbreak has sparked what the World Health Organization is calling an "infodemic" — an overwhelming amount of information on social media and online sites. Some of it's accurate. And some is downright untrue.

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This dynamic could cause fake coronavirus cures and treatments to fan out widely on social media — and as a result, worsen the impact of the outbreak, says Bhaskar Chakravorti, dean of global business at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Over the past decade, he's been tracking the effect of digital technology on issues such as global health and economic development.

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