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Tips for journalists on COVID-19 coverage

14/05/2020

Since coronavirus infection COVID-19 has spread to most countries of the world and there is currently no cure or vaccine, information is a vital tool for encouraging people to take the available preventive measures to protect and save lives.

Media outlets are key public health players, shaping perceptions of risk and targeting communities to protect health.

By disseminating accurate information, the media can also minimize rumors and misinformation, helping reduce public anxiety and fears about this new threat.

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) has developed an information guide for journalists on COVID-19 coverage.

This document offers tools to help the media play their role in the COVID - 19 pandemic response through accurate, ethical and responsible reporting. It also proposes ways to approach coverage and encourages journalists to provide advice and solutions that can help reduce health risks and save people's lives.