Cutting through the Covid-19 confusion


Making sense of media

In these challenging times, people understandably want to keep up to date with the latest developments in the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

But given the false claims about Covid-19 circulating online, some people are struggling to know who or what to believe.

Access to accurate, trustworthy and credible sources of news and information has never been more important. So, with the support of Ofcom’s Making Sense of Media Panel and Network, we’ve collected a set of resources to help cut through the confusion and provide people with the tools to navigate news and information about Covid-19.

Many of these focus on debunking common misconceptions or harmful claims about the coronavirus. But there’s also some useful tips on how to seek out reliable content, how to tell fact from fiction, and how to find out who’s behind particular claims to help us all to ‘share’ information responsibly.

We’ve also included a section for families, to help parents support their children’s critical understanding during this time. There’s also resources from around the world that we think people in the UK will find useful.

We’re also publishing monthly research findings which shows how people are receiving and acting on information during the current pandemic, including which sources they trust most.

If you have any comments or want to share other resources, please email us at makingsenseofmedia@ofcom.org.uk