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Coronavirus Misinformation, Scams And Bias Run Rampant Online

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The ongoing global pandemic has provoked an onslaught of misinformation, fraudulent behavior, conspiracy theories and anti-Asian rhetoric.

In a time of hyper vigilance, fear and uncertainty can make people particularly susceptible to believing, sharing and even acting on false facts. Widely shared falsehoods can be detrimental to individuals' health and finances, as well as overall public health outcomes.

Racism against Asian Americans has increased during the outbreak of the coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan, China, in late December. President Trump and other senior politicians and officials have consistently called it the "Chinese virus."

How have misleading statements and stories led to anti-Asian bias in the real world? What's being done to temper discrimination against Americans of Asian descent and curb the spread of racist rhetoric online?

From snake-oil cures to IRS pretenders, what scams should you be aware of? What can you do to keep yourself or a loved one from becoming a victim of fraud? Who's most at risk?

How are officials working to contain the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus and its related disease COVID-19? What can you do to be a better steward of information you read on the Internet?

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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, March 31.

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.