According to research conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, there is an alarming amount of misleading and harmful information being shared on Twitter with regards to the SARS-CoV-2 virus:

“Researchers culled through more than 200 million tweets discussing the virus since January and found that about 45% were sent by accounts that behave more like computerized robots than humans.”

Sowing confusion, distrust and polarization amongst people causes real-world harm and affects our ability to adequately address this massive crisis.

ACTION YOU CAN TAKE: Be vigilant about evaluating the source of your information on social media and elsewhere. The article gives some simple ways to determine whether you are reading something written by a human or generated by a bot.

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Ginger Nash, ND lives and practices in New Haven, CT. She is a founding member of the Naturopathic Alliance.