27 July, 2021

COVID-19 Good Samaritans: Meet The Hoax Busters And Their Unique Fight Against Fake Information

Triggered by the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, R. Ramanujam and his team have been riding science to combat false information on COVID-19

COVID-19 Good Samaritans: Meet The Hoax Busters And Their Unique Fight Against Fake Information
outlookindia.com
2020-04-25T13:51:13+05:30

A veritable gallimaufry of misinformation impedes the fight against coronavirus. Will clapping kill the virus? Can air conditioning spread it? Can vegetables be carriers? Each query has its roots in rumour bruited around on social media, and these are some that people have posed to a team of hundred-plus scientists that have united to combat hoaxes related to coronavirus. The members discuss every question and then put out a definitive response in the form of a poster on social media, on WhatsApp, and their website.

The idea was first mooted by R. Ramanujam of the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, in an email marked to several people in the scientific community. The res­ponse was encouraging. The group calls itself Indian Scientists’ Response to COVID-19, though the term ‘hoax busters’ have clung to them too. It’s a nomenclature thay accept with humility.

“We have two objectives. One is to...



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