People queue for masks at a store in Hong Kong’s Quarry Bay as fears over the coronavirus outbreak spread. Like viruses know no boundaries, fake news breeds panic and distrust. Photo: May Tse
SCMP Editorial
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Spread of fake news worsens an already bad public health crisis

  • Responsible use of social media is more essential now than ever as rumours about the new coronavirus only fuel panic; we need to be alert, not alarmed
People queue for masks at a store in Hong Kong’s Quarry Bay as fears over the coronavirus outbreak spread. Like viruses know no boundaries, fake news breeds panic and distrust. Photo: May Tse
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