Seeking clarity in a world infected by COVID-19 and fake news

Michael McAleer*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The world has been changed irrevocably by the infectious severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. COVID-19 affects everyone everywhere. A separate and significant, though not necessarily as infectious, malady affecting many, though not all, individuals worldwide, is “Fake News”, known alternatively as yellow journalism, junk news, pseudo news, false news, alternative facts, hoaxes, misinformation, disinformation, fabricated news, corrupt news, unfathomable nonsense, or outright lies, which are typically based on provably false statements, and are distributed widely through mainstream news media and social media. The opinion piece presents a brief history of COVID-19 and fake news, and existing international efforts to deal with each of these infections, and to encourage critical comments, concepts and ideas.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvances in Decision Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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* The author wishes to thank two reviewers for detailed comments and suggestions. or F financial support, the author acknowledges the Australian Research Council and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan.

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