Coronavirus conversations: Stopping the spread of misinformation amid the coronavirus crisis

May 28, 2020

Player utilities

A large crowd of people are shown walking and wearing protective face masks in a train station.

People wearing protective masks make their way during rush hour at Shinagawa Station on the first day after the Japanese government lifted the state of emergency in Tokyo, May 26, 2020.


Kim Kyung-hoon/Reuters

Amplified by social media, misinformation can undermine critical public health efforts and fuel conspiracy theories — which are particularly dangerous amid the coronavirus crisis. As part of our weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World's Elana Gordon moderated a conversation with K. “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communication at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who addressed the pitfalls of COVID-19 misinformation, as well as ways to find trustworthy information about the pandemic.

Find more of our Coronavirus Conversations series here.

Stories in this Edition

Science & Technology

What private companies could mean for NASA space exploration

It's been nearly a decade since an astronaut was launched into space from American soil. Wednesday, at Cape Canaveral Florida, the company SpaceX and NASA tried to end that streak on board the Falcon 9 until weather scrapped the launch. The World's Marco Werman speaks with Margaret Weitekamp, head of the space history department at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, about the future of US space flight.