infodemic

People gather at City Hall to protest vaccine mandates on Aug. 9, 2021, in New York City (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Misinformation from the U.S. is the next virus—and it’s spreading fast

It’s deadly, malicious and there’s no vaccine. The infodemic is here. But it’s not unstoppable.
An Indian girl watches a video on the WhatsApp app in New Delhi, India on Mar. 24. With coronavirus starting to spread in the region, social media are rife with bogus remedies, tales of magic cures and potentially hazardous medical advice. (Manish Swarup/AP/CP)

How to help your family navigate the coronavirus ’infodemic’ on WhatsApp

Nadine Yousif: My grandmother’s WhatsApp messages on coronavirus—from chopping onions and placing them in corners of your home to limit the spread of the disease to helicopters spraying cities with disinfectant at night—are alarming