The coronavirus has been creating a global panic for the last few months. Originated from China, it has gone on to affect major parts of Europe, the United States, India, Singapore and other parts of the world. The virus has created a worldwide crisis with lockdowns being enforced in many countries. Death tolls have surged to over 10,000 people due to the COVID-19 with more than 250,000 cases worldwide.
At such a time, it is normal for people to panic but what has been fueling this panic to a greater extent is the spread of misinformation regarding the virus. Various myths and hoax have been spreading online regarding cases of COVID-19, its symptoms, prevention, cure, circulation and more which has created growing fear among the public. Therefore, as information and by the information I mean correct information is crucial during such times;
Here is a list of Authoritative & Relevant Resources from where you may acquire verified information:
COVID-19: Nepal Based Information Resources
CovidNepal.Org from Fusemachines
Fusemachines Nepal has come with an open-source platform focusing on providing information on COVID-19 in Nepal. As of late, we have been seeing many fake videos and screenshots flooding through the internet in our country in anticipation of COVID-19 cases. Thus, this project focuses on collecting reliable data from authorized sources and putting them up on the site so that the public is rightly informed. This will help reduce a lot of hoaxes spreading around concerning COVID-19 cases in Nepal. The site consists of statistical data including the total number of cases found, the total number of cases recovered and the total number of deaths as well as information on available hospitals for COVID-19 and emergency contacts.
Nepal Covid 19 Update
Corona Virus Alert in Nepal ( Nepal COVID 19 Update) is a Nepal based Coronavirus Information Hub developed by Shashank Shree Neupane. The portal aims to provide province-based information and updates.
Nepal Coronavirus Information: Nepalcorona.info
Nepalcorona.info shares live stats on Covid-19 in Nepal, aggregates Nepal focused credible news and debunks myths that are floating around. The site is in Nepali to reach a wider network in Nepal with awareness videos and podcasts. The site was created by Ask Bhunte and Hamro LifeBank teams and is also backed by several folks including scientists, doctors and public health Nepali professionals living in and out of Nepal. All content and data are vetted from reliable sources. The nepalcorona.info team is also active in twitter to respond to any COVID related questions and on Facebook through the askbhunte chatbot page. The team is actively working with various partners to bring in more data, information, and tools including a self-assessment bot.
- AskBhunte Chat Bot Page: https://www.facebook.com/askbhunte/
Other Useful Social Media Pages
- Covid-19 Fakenews Vs Facts in Nepal: Since there is so much fake news making us all scared about COVID-19, this page has shared what is fake and what is the fact of Covid-19 in Nepal.
COVID-19: Global Information Hubs
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been at the pivot of the fight against COVID-19 ever since the outbreak. The organization’s primary objective is to direct international health and global health responses. For that reason, providing the right information concerning this pandemic as declared by WHO itself is one of its main focuses. The WHO website is where you’ll get all the information you need regarding the COVID-19. From the latest news updates, statistical data, research, and developments to basic information, myth busters, answered queries; you’ll find everything here.
There are numerous articles, videos, and resources that are being constantly updated on their website in this time of global emergency. There is of course nowhere else you’ll find more accurate information than the WHO website itself. So, to keep track of all the precise information regarding the COVID-19, you can keep a tab of the WHO website.
Also, WHO has launched Coronvirus ChatBot, Just Say Hi to the Bot to get realtime updates. Here’s how to :
- Open WhatsApp on your phone.
- Tap on this link and send join to WHO.
- Alternatively, you can add +41 79 893 18 92 number to your contact, and chat with WHO.
UNICEF is another international organization that is working closely with the WHO to combat COVID-19. There are a lot of informational articles on their website regarding COVID-19 and how to cope with the growing fears spreading around the world. The pandemic has created panic all over the world and moreover the misinformation which has been spreading has been adding to it. In such situations, it is vital that the mental well-being of the people is also taken into consideration. Therefore, the UNICEF website has numerous information regarding how parents can support their children, teens can protect their mental health as well.
Besides these, there is a quiz to check out the facts and myths regarding COVID-19, Work from Home directives, Q and A videos with Health Experts among many informative pieces. The main focus is based on helping children cope with and be protected against this global pandemic but you can find a lot of information in general in regards to COVID-19 on their website.
Google has launched its own dedicated website for information on COVID-19. It consists of Safety and Prevention Measures, Data and Insights, Help and Information section, Resources to help and more. There are also videos from WHO and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among others available on the section for substantial information. This is a really helpful addition made by Google which not only provides users with all the right information regarding the virus, its symptoms, prevention methods, treatment, analytics and more but also provides them with information on topics like work from home essentials, stress management and more which is really helpful while in quarantine.
Microsoft Bing team has created a Coronavirus tracker that provides up-to-date statistical data which includes active cases, recovered cases and fatal cases of each country. They also have added an interactive map alongside where you can click on the country you want to see the statistical data of and you can also see a list of authorized related videos to the country.
With the Coronavirus creating havoc all around the world, there has been a lot of misinformation being spread too. To combat these myths about the COVID-19, Whatsapp in association with the World Health Organization (WHO) UNICEF and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has created a dedicated hub where you’ll be able to find all the information related to the COVID-19.
Youtube is going to add a row of verified videos to its homepage in a bid to help spread correct information and help people seeking information regarding COVID-19. The videos will be selected from a list of news outlets and health authorities to provide the users with all the information they need to know regarding the coronavirus. It will sort videos in relation to the viewer’s region and keep the page updated with the latest appropriate videos. There have been many videos regarding COVID-19 which contain false information that has been going viral in Youtube recently due to which Youtube has planned to take such a step to combat the misinformation being spread through their site.
Youtube plans to first launch this program in 16 countries, including the US, UK, Brazil, India, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan which is expected to start this week. It then plans to expand it to other countries in the coming weeks.