The World Health Organization (WHO) is not only fighting to contain the coronavirus, it is also "battling the trolls and conspiracy theorists that push misinformation and undermine the outbreak response," the organization said Saturday.
"While the virus spreads, misinformation makes the job of our heroic health workers even harder. It is diverting the attention of decision makers. And it causes confusion and spreads fear to the general public," WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press briefing.
Ghebreyesus outlined a four pronged approach the WHO is undertaking to fight back.
"In essence, to fight the flood of misinformation, we are building a band of truth-tellers that disperse fact and debunk myths," Ghebreyesus added.