‘Infodemic’: Here’s antidote to fake coronavirus news outbreak online

This much is true: Federal health officials said Friday they’re scrambling to get coronavirus testing up and running in every state, as President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser urged Americans not to overreact to plunging financial markets.

The World Health Organization upgraded the risk level from the virus to “very high” as it continued to spread around the globe. And California reported its second case with unknown origins.

Here are deeper looks at the key developments:

At the same time, false and misleading reports about the virus now called COVID-19 are spreading across the Internet.

Get the facts and spot the fakes with this roundup debunking viral virus rumors, a situation dubbed “infodemic” by experts.

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