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Coronavirus Goes Viral: Quantifying the COVID-19 Misinformation Epidemic on Twitter.

Kouzy R, Abi Jaoude J, Kraitem A, et al. (March 13, 2020) 

Cureus 12(3): e7255. doi:10.7759/cureus.7255


Medical misinformation and unverifiable content pertaining to the global COVID-19 epidemic are being propagated at an alarming rate on social media. We provide an early quantification of the magnitude of misinformation spread and highlight the importance of early interventions in order to curb this phenomenon that endangers public safety at a time when awareness and appropriate preventive actions are paramount.