Misinformation Is Major Obstacle to Tackling Coronavirus Pandemic in Colombia

Rumors and fake news breed fear in the population and place medical staff at risk.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An "epidemic" of misinformation spread through Colombia just as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased, adversely influencing the country's response to the disease. Over the more than four months since the first patient was detected, the population has been receiving contradictory or false messages spread across social media, which has sparked fear of seeking medical care and placed health professionals at risk.

The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) organization witnessed this situation in Tumaco and North Santander, where primary and mental health operations required reorganization to support the public system in response to . . .

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