Scientific American writes about what can be done to counter the problem of COVID-19 misinformation. In the United States, misinformation spread by elements of the media, by public leaders and by individuals with large social media platforms has contributed to a disproportionately large share of COVID-19 burden: we house 4Continue Reading

A paper that has not been peer-reviewed reaches faulty conclusions to advance the unsubstantiated claim that the novel coronavirus was bioengineered in a Chinese lab, according to immunology and microbiology experts. One of the study’s main claims is that the “genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 is suspiciously similar to that ofContinue Reading

Anecdotes and data often appear side by side in news stories about the pandemic. And data can be interpreted in multiple ways. Here’s what to look for. With COVID-19, a news story that may be 100% accurate can still unintentionally mislead readers about the greatest threats of the pandemic. TheContinue Reading

State officials and federal agencies warn there’s a new phone scam circulating: Some callers posing as COVID-19 contact tracers try to pry credit card or bank account information from unsuspecting victims. In one such scheme, detailed in a warning from the Montana attorney general, scammers tell their victims, “I’m calling fromContinue Reading