Health officials right now aren't just having to battle an illness with no known cure or vaccine — they're having to fight back against Internet trolls and conspiracy theorists. The World Health Organization has labeled the current moment an "infodemic."
"While the virus spreads, misinformation makes the job of our heroic health workers even harder. It diverges attention of our decision-makers and it causes confusion and spreads fear to the general public," says the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
You've probably come across a piece of bad information online, and you might not even know it. The virus was not created in a lab as a bioweapon, for instance, and inhaling hot air from a hair dryer is not a cure.
Experts say this outbreak may be the biggest source of Internet misinformation ... ever.
Life Kit wants to help. Here's a comic to help you sharpen your misinformation Spidey senses: