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Misinformation is perhaps the most dangerous side effect of the coronavirus. In recent weeks we have been bombarded by fake news, conflicting, partial and unscientifically founded news that have triggered two polar opposite but equally dangerous behaviors in the world population: on one hand the excessive spread of panic, on the other very superficial measures to prevent contagion. We at SIDI have always studied the mechanisms of the diffusion of innovation, to predict the threats and opportunities it brings. In this moment of climax and tension, we feel compelled to do something. We are indeed very concerned about the effects of this outbreak on the lives of the population and the world economy and we think the better tool we have to fight against the panic spread is good information. With that in mind, at the beginning of March, we published the website coronavirus-central.org an independent, curated information repository expressly designed to fight misinformation and provide to the public a reliable source of data.
In addition, for a better understanding of this phenomenon, we're also launching the first ever international congress on SARS-COV-2, an international event with high level speakers that will take place entirely online on a virtual reality conferencing platform. To learn more about our initiatives check out our dedicated websites