How to flatten the curve of misinformation: the other ‘silent pandemic’

The world has been witnessing a viral spread of misinformation after the outbreak of the corona-virus pandemic, whether through misrepresented and misinterpreted statistics or fake news on the spread and containment of the virus. Dr. Liliane Ghandour, an associate professor of Epidemiology at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, clarifies how to deal with data related to the pandemic and provides simple ways to avoid being caught up in the spread of misinformation. She explains the monitoring of the confirmed daily number of positive cases, the misunderstanding related to the peak number of cases that is usually considered as the beginning of the end of the pandemic, the comparison of numbers instead of rates between countries, the difference between CFR and IFR, and how to avoid sharing misinterpreted or false data.