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Misinformation Challenge

Welcome to Week 3 of the COVID-19 Misinformation Challenge!

Many treatments are being considered for people who have contracted COVID-19. However, new information is coming at us rapidly, in large part because the science around COVID-19 is dynamic as drug trials continue. That means that it's not always clear what to believe about the treatment options that exist.

Prepare for This Week's Challenge

If you don't know or don't trust the source of new information, the next step is to identify and investigate the claims being made. Pick out a few keywords from the story (e.g. azithromycin, COVID, treatment), open up a new tab, and conduct a search. Are you seeing coverage of this topic from sources you know and trust? If so, use those sources to fact-check the information.

Before you begin this week's challenge, scroll down to the Further Resources section to find some trusted sources of information on COVID-19 and its treatment. 

If you want to do a deep dive, check out Sifting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic from digital information literacy expert Mike Caulfield. This week, we're focusing on Find Better Coverage.

Stop; Investigate the Source; Find Better Coverage; Trace Claims, Quotes and Media to the Original Context

SIFT Infographic by Mike Caulfield is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

Your Challenge: Determine the Validity of Treatment Options for People with COVID-19

  1. For each of the statements below, identify a few keywords that can help you find more information on the claim being made.
  2. In a new tab, conduct a search.
  3. Do you see coverage of this claim from trusted sources such as the WHO, CDC or FDA? (for more information on these sources, see Further Resources below)
  4. Based on your findings, determine if the claim is true or false, then click the Submit button to complete your answer. Note: This quiz is anonymous.
  5. Click on "View Score" to see what you got right and wrong, and get feedback on the answers. 

Further Resources