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Why the World Health Organisation is calling Coronavirus an “infodemic”

In the face of global panic, the WHO wants to battle misinformation. But that won't be enough

By Robert Peckham  

An Emergency Department Nurse during a demonstration of the Coronavirus pod and COVID-19 virus testing procedures set-up beside the Emergency Department of Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim in Northern Ireland. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 4, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus Ulster. Photo credit should read: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

In Italy there’s a supermarket punch-up as shoppers fight over the last packet of pasta. In Hong Kong, two men are arrested for a “toilet paper heist” (yes, really), stealing 600 rolls of toilet paper that were left outside a supermarket. While the World Health Organisation deliberates whether or not the Covid-19 epidemic warrants the status pandemic, there’s no doubting that…

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