Misinformation on covid19 is a persistent issue that has contributed to the lack of adequate response.
Responding to misinformation with facts seem not to be enough in curbing the conspiracy that surrounds the pandemic.
Simply replacing a mistruth with a fact will often do nothing to end a rumour. Understanding and addressing the belief behind the rumour (the ‘why’ someone believes this information) and the information channels the rumour is in (the environmental conditions that allowed it to spread) will better address the root causes of rumour.
Community trust needs to be built and maintained. More advocacy, investment in community engagements and coordinated strategies are still needed as well as the buy-in of other smaller units such as women groups, Religious leaders, Youths associations, and Traditional council within the states to align efforts in trust maintenance.
Increased efforts to reduce COVID-19 stigma and discrimination will be crucial to protecting the most vulnerable.
A more solid and consistent knowledge sharing and learning system around COVID-19 should be established especially now that the vaccines are here, so as to get communities up to date with the right information.
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