Digital Disinformation + COVID-19

Together we can stop the spread

The entire world has been living through a pandemic for over a year now. We know that we all play a part in protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19. Actions we take—mask wearing, hand washing, keeping physical distance from others—help slow the spread of the virus.

But how do we stop the spread of disinformation? We all play a part in that, too.

Scientists use the term “infodemic” to describe the overwhelming amount of information, some good and some bad, that is shared online. Whether it’s disinformation (deliberately false and spread on purpose) or misinformation (false information spread by mistake), it causes confusion and can lead to behaviour that is harmful. This is why, with so much information circulating, it is important to develop the skills necessary to recognize trustworthy sources—especially before sharing them with others.

Use these resources to learn how to approach information with the eye of a scientist. It all starts by discovering how the scientific process works. Watch the videos, try the activities and talk about the issues with others. By sharpening our critical thinking skills, we can help stop the spread of disinformation.

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Science in Action

Discover the process of science—how scientists start with a question and get to an answer. Learn about the scientific method, why answers can change and what that means when it comes to COVID-19.

Science in Action
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Think Critically

Sharpen your critical thinking skills to wade through the overwhelming media coverage of COVID-19. Find out how to identify bad information and track down good information that you can trust.

Think Critically
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The Pandemic’s Inequalities

The pandemic has affected us all, but the impact has not been equal. Learn about risk factors, why COVID-19 has brought social, economic and racial inequalities into focus and how to help those impacted the most by fighting disinformation with facts.

The Pandemic’s Inequalities
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COVID-19 and You

Discover just how hard scientists have been working in the fight against COVID-19. Learn more about vaccines and how they can protect you. Plus, get tips to take care of your mental health with smart coping strategies from an expert.

COVID-19 and You

Additional Resources

From epidemiologists and infodemics to conspiracy theories and systemic racism, there are lots of topics and terminology covered in these resources. Here you will find some helpful links and a glossary.


This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

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