Misinformation about COVID-19

Advice to help you avoid misinformation about COVID-19 in the Cook Islands.

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> Mythbusters by World Health Organization

Getting the right information matter

Beware of misinformation on social media and other sources. You can help prevent misinformation spreading by being careful about what you share with your family and friends. Only share information from official credible sources.

Misinformation works against us at a time when we need to work together to beat the virus. The best sources of accurate and reliable COVID-19 information are:

Disseminating misinformation

If your information is not from an approved source, you should not disseminate it or risk prosecution under the COVID-19 Act 2020

Section 22 highlights the Prohibition on publishing, disseminating, or communication harmful information in relation to COVID-19, excerpt below;

  1. No person may intentionally publish, disseminate or otherwise communicate harmful information in relation to COVID-19.
  2. A person who contravenes subsection (I) commits an offence, and is liable on conviction
    1. in the case of an individual, to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding $10,000; and
    2. in the case of a non-individual, to a fine not exceeding $200,000.
  3. In this section, harmful information means information that
    1. the person knows or reasonably ought to have known, to be false information about COVID-19; or
    2. is intended to promote racial disharmony or racial harassment; or
    3. is intended to promote civil disorder or civil unrest
  4. No prosecution may be brought under this section unless the Attorney-General gives consent.

Mythbusters by World Health Organization

The World Health Organization also provides a comprehensive list of COVID-19 information, including common misconceptions and misinformation.

COVID-19 advice for the public: Mythbusters