Today is a special episode because the world is battling COVID-19 - a deadly strain of Coronavirus. After Ebola, this is the most closely watched global pandemic and social media has played a big part in spreading advice and misinformation.
Because this topic is on a deadly global pandemic, we may be discussing subjects that might be distressing for some people, so take care when listening.
Joining host Bex on this completely remote podcast we have:
Regular Hera Hussain, who is in self-isolation and is getting COVID-19 related news every second from her family who work in the NHS, which is driving her crazy.
We also have two fantastic guests:
Jane Lytvynenko who is fighting the misinformation warfare on the frontlines for Buzzfeed and is joining us from Toronto, Canada, where the cases have increased and the government has announced border closures.
Stat of the week:
The ultimate crowdsourced coronavirus handbook. It has 23 editable sections, 100s of projects, 23 chat threads and has received 186k views in the last week.
Charity news of the week:
Tech news of the week:
Rant of the week:
Hoaxes and disinformation
Nice of the week:
Please wash your hands. Self-isolate. Check in on people. Support your local businesses. Champion your health workers! We all need to stick together in these times.
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