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Covid-19: An Infodemic

As the World Health Organization stated: "The 2019-nCoV outbreak and response has been accompanied by a massive 'infodemic' - an over-abundance of information – some accurate and some not – that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it."

But what is an 'infodemic' and how does it relate to the Covid-19 pandemic? In this interview Alexandre Alaphilippe from EU DisinfoLab discusses information asymmetry, disinformation and conspiracy theories in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. He outlines the subsequent impact on societies and the media, and the steps people can take to reduce the spread of the infodemic.