This toolkit has been put together on the basis of a review of (inter)national studies and offers guidance on how to use legislative, technological and/or educational measures to contribute to the WHO’s response to managing the COVID-19 infodemic.

In the event that insufficient sources with legal, technological and or educational measures specifically targeted at Covid-19 fake news are found, sources will be used that are relevant to the broader field of fake news in general.

You can use the  💡 Tips to establish whether Covid-19 information is reliable and the information found via the reference links to 📚 organisations, reports, and studies, advice can be provided to the general public, as well as to specific target groups, such as seniors, young people and patients on Covid-19 dashboards, websites and patient portals. In this way, they will learn to recognise online Covid-19 information that is reliable: information they can use to prevent or to recover from an infection with the coronavirus.

The toolkit is not only intended for use by government institutions, senior citizen organisations, educational institutions, journalist organisations, the RIVM National Institute for Public Health in the Netherlands, the Robert Koch Institute in Germany, the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, the WHO, hospitals and patient organisations but also by citizens who want to know how to guard against Covid-19 fake news.

Furthermore, it is important to realise that there is more to influencing behaviour (for example, persuading citizens of the importance of getting vaccinated) than facts alone. This Toolkit, therefore, not only focusses on the cognitive aspects involved in providing citizens with access to reliable Covid-19 news but pays attention to the emotional aspects as well involving them by using an interactional approach. ➡️ See Educational measures, 💡 2. Test creative ways to promote media literacy.