With the spread of COVID-19 the world is also facing what the World Health Organization has called an “infodemic.” This means not just blatant fake news and scams, but also the media twisting or mishandling raw information about the disease, sometimes without a bad intent. Deepnews wants to help. This Digest, powered by the Deepnews Scoring Model and based off of our most popular weekly Distill, Matter of Facts, covers fact-checking and all things coronavirus misinformation.
Since last week’s Digest on coronavirus, the disease has continued to spread, with cases in Europe and deaths outside of the epicenter in Wuhan. Media around the world have explored what it means for their readers, making this update an incredibly geographically diverse selection. Misinformation and conspiracy theories have also been floated about where the virus came from, though these pieces (found by the Deepnews Scoring Model since the weekend) provide real, quality information.
A new virus centered found in China has sparked worries around the world after its spread in the city of Wuhan, where it has killed more than twenty people. Cases have traveled to other parts of Asia as well as to the U.S., as scientists look to pinpoint exactly how the disease came to humans. Censorship means information has been a scarcity, which is where Deepnews comes in. Here are the top 25 articles of the week on the Wuhan coronavirus, as found by the Deepnews Scoring Model.