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People, Misinformation, and Pandemic

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Information provided by WHO and an app called Inshorts (An Indian news app) are the two main sources of my information. Instagram is yet another platform that is being of great help to me by providing real-time updates of various parts of the world in a very creative way and providing a platform for social engagement.

In my opinion, news channels these days provide partial information. Partial to their political party or partial to their personal opinion. A news/ information is a fact but it becomes one's opinion when it comes out to the public. Misinformation not only creates unnecessary panic but also creates hatred and violence in the long run. 

The reason for me to take my updates from Inshorts or WHO is because it has crisp content - to the point. It provides me with instant updates on the 'FACTS' and if it interests me, I can always dig deeper and find more content regarding the same. It also provides comparison graphs, data, important and reliable links to information and other important resources which are graphically more interesting and engaging. 

It is very important to have validated information. Hence it is always better to refer to credible sources for information.

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Inshorts News

Scoopwhoop Unscripted - tells stories the mainstream ignores.

The Wire - India's foremost independent news-site, carrying critical opinion, investigations, and reportage.

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

The constant posting of comic stories by Instagram handles has made me aware of all the kinds of information in a creative and engaging way. Viral challenges and uplifting of each other throughout the social media made me feel happy to see so much positivity,  care and affection around the world for each other. All the resources I use have made me be more aware of how to take care of myself, my family and everyone that I know around me. 

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

By sharing links on WhatsApp, by tagging them to the posts and sending screenshots of important information. 

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • News: Radio
  • Social Media
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • NGO or Non-profit Organization
  • SMS Alerts

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

- What should a family do in situations of having a member affected by COVID - 19.

Mentally and practically. Having a family member who is affected, creates a high risk for others to be affected too. What are the steps that should be taken to not spread it further and be mindful? 

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

The labor population is the least informed / misinformed at the moment. Most of the labor population is uneducated. The main source of their information is by word of mouth. This is when the 'Chinese whisper' effect takes place and they fall prey to misinformation. One way for the correct information to reach this population is by the means of radio, local language WhatsApp videos/ audios (yes, everybody has WhatsApp these days), mandatory information provided by their employers.

What is your current profession?

Industrial Designer

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?



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