Misinformation is rampant about COVID-19 and in some cases, it has caused death, blindness, emergency health issues, and widespread stigma, and social ostracization. Holly Seale and Md. Saiful Islam were part of a team that studied the rumors, conspiracies, and falsehoods spreading through social media. What are the costs of these mistruths? Maria Armoudian spoke to Seale and Islam about their research.

Holly Seale is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales. She is an expert in infectious diseases.

Md. Saiful Islam is an academic at the University of New South Wales. He is an expert in infectious diseases.

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See Also:

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Why is it so hard to stop COVID-19 misinformation spreading on social media?