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Scam Alert: A Real COVID Contact Tracer Won’t Ask You For Money : Shots – Health News : NPR

A loved one’s health could depend on the truth if you get a call from a real contact tracer about your exposure to the coronavirus. But beware impostors who ask you for payment or to click on a link.

3 minute podcast and full story at Source: >Scam Alert: A Real COVID Contact Tracer Won’t Ask You For Money : Shots – Health News : NPR

“State officials and federal agencies warn there’s a new phone scam circulating: Callers posing as COVID-19 contact tracers are trying to pry credit card or bank account information from unsuspecting victims…Legitimate contact tracers don’t ask for payment or seek other financial information.

“Be discerning, but don’t avoid real tracers

“Legitimate tracing calls might be preceded by a text message, notifying patients of an upcoming call from the health department. Then, in that initial call, the legitimate tracer will seek to confirm an address and date of birth, especially if you are the COVID-positive patient, Watson says.

“They ask about your identity,” Watson says, “to make sure you are the person they are trying to reach so they don’t disclose potentially private information to the wrong person.”

“Anytime someone calls you for information, you should be concerned about who is calling,” says Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “If they are legitimate, you can say, ‘Give me your name and phone number’ and you can always call them back” after doing some checking.

“Be concerned if you get an initial text asking you to click on a link, which might be spam and could download software onto your phone, the Federal Trade Commission warns.

“Unlike a legitimate text message from a health department, which only wants to let you know they’ll be calling, this message includes a link to click,” the FTC says. And contact tracers in most regions do not ask your immigration or financial status.

“Another clear red flag: being asked for your Social Security number. Don’t ever divulge that. And beware of any caller who gives you names of the COVID-19 patients they say led them to you — that’s a sign of a scammer.

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Dr. Fauci says all the ‘valid’ scientific data shows hydroxychloroquine isn’t effective in treating coronavirus

Science and Pseudoscience duke it out in this video, wait for the end to understand the difference and the hydroxychloroquine runaway train crash movement.

>Ohio Bans Hydroxychloroquine For Coronavirus Treatment as State Records One of Highest Days for New Cases

>You Must Not ‘Do Your Own Research’ When It Comes To Science

>Still no evidence that hydroxychloroquine can cure or prevent COVID-19

>2005 chloroquine study had nothing to do with COVID-19 and the drug wasn’t given to humans

Read full story of excerpts below at Source: >Dr. Fauci says all the ‘valid’ scientific data shows hydroxychloroquine isn’t effective in treating coronavirus

  • White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said that all the “valid” scientific data shows hydroxychloroquine isn’t effective in treating Covid-19.
  • Fauci said that the public has “got to follow the science,” adding, “if a study that’s good comes out and shows efficacy and safety for hydroxychloroquine or any other drug that we do … you accept the scientific data.”

“You look at the scientific data and the evidence. And the scientific data … on trials that are valid, that were randomized and controlled in the proper way, all of those trials show consistently that hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of coronavirus disease or Covid-19…

There are no FDA-approved drugs for the coronavirus. The agency granted emergency authorization to antiviral drug remdesivir to treat Covid-19, but it’s not the same as a formal approval. Last month, the FDA pulled hydroxychloroquine’s authorization for emergency use after determining it was “unlikely” to be effective in treating people with Covid-19.

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A toolkit for spotting fake news – Simon Black – Medium

Fake News can kill. Ignore this information at your peril.

In this post I am including all the useful resources I can find on combating fake news on the internet including plugins and browser extensions and recent developments. The last toolkit source below even though it was in 2019 seemed to describe all the best tools. Above the source below is a list of links and info of recent developments on fake news:

>Fake News About Coronavirus Is Spreading. We Need A Vaccine Against Misinformation: Goats and Soda : NPR

>Did You Fall For A Coronavirus Hoax? Facebook Will Let You Know

>Combating Fake News

“Since people consume online news via a browser, browser extensions (and app-based services) have become more popular.  These include:

“– Our.News.  This service uses a combination of objective facts (about an article) with subjective views that incorporate user ratings to create labels (like nutrition labels on food) next to new articles that a reader can use to make a judgement.  Our.News labels use publisher descriptions from Freedom Forum, bias ratings from AllSides, information about an article’s sources author and editor.  It also uses fact-checking information from sources including PolitiFact, Snopes and FactCheck.org, and labels such as “clickbait” or “satire” along with and user ratings and reviews.  The Our.News browser extension is available for Firefox and Chrome, and there is an iOS app. For more information go to https://our.news/.

“– NewsGuard. This service, for personal use or for NewsGuard’s library and school system partners, offers a reliability rating score of 0-100 for each site based on its performance on nine key criteria, ratings icons (green-red ratings) next to links on all of the top search engines, social media platforms, and news aggregation websites.  Also, NewsGuard gives summaries showing who owns each site, its political leaning (if any), as well as warnings about hoaxes, political propaganda, conspiracy theories, advertising influences and more.  For more information, go to https://www.newsguardtech.com/.

>Use this Chrome extension TrustedNews to know if you’re reading fake or biased news

>NewsGuard drops its paywall to combat coronavirus misinformation

>Fake News: Discerning Fake News

>List of fake news websites

>Fake news (Wikipedia)


Read full details of quote below at Source: >A toolkit for spotting fake news – Simon Black – Medium

“The idea of fake news is not new. People have been manipulating facts, creating false narratives, and outright lying for as long as they have been communicating.That being said one thing to come out of the American presidential election in 2016 was the idea of fake news being pressed firmly into the mainstream consciousness.

“While it has been used as a tool by precisely those who seek to lie to the public it is nevertheless a timely reminder that new communication technologies have created a surge in fake news for two reasons; They allow new ways for manipulated stories to be produced, distributed, and consumed.

“At the same time the shift away from a subscription model of journalism to one driven by page views and streams has taken us back to the days of the “yellow press”. Digital news producers are standing on the figurative street corners of Google, Facebook, and other such sites and trying to grab as much traffic as possible from the stream of people flowing by.

“While this technological disruption has changed things and allowed fake news to spread it has also provided powerful tools for spotting, and sorting news. I’ve started this page as a place to gather the different types of sites that are available online. These are divided into the following categories;Fact checking sites, Lobbyist and donation tracking sites, Plugins, browser extensions, and apps.

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Conspiracy Heaven: Tech Companies Aim To Stop COVID-19 Disinformation : NPR

>Coronavirus Rumor Control (FEMA)

>3 Minute Podcast: Federal Emergency Management Agency Launches Website To Combat False Rumors

The domestic conspiracy industry has come out in full force to capitalize to take our money in the wake of the pandemic.

“The Coronavirus is not just a medical epidemic. The World Health Organization says fake news about the virus is spreading faster than the disease. Tech companies are attempting to control disinformation.

“Now, the emergency we face is a medical crisis, an economic crisis and a crisis of information. That is how the World Health Organization’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom put it recently. Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus and is just as dangerous.

“The coronavirus is the first epidemic that has received this much attention in the social media age… there are three big buckets of coronavirus misinformation circulating right now. No. 1, conspiracies about the origins of the virus; two, bad health cures, either ineffective or both ineffective and harmful. And three, minimizing the outbreak, saying it’s not as big of a deal as the media is making it out to be…

misinformation about the coronavirus seems to be organic and domestic. ..much of it appears to be spread by Americans interested in profit, … Some are promoting their own phony health cures for the coronavirus. Other people are selling other, like, survivalist kind of supplies and using this news as a way to, essentially, scare people into thinking they need all of that. They need buckets of food supplies or big supplies of masks.

“Tech companies are trying to elevate trusted sources of information while removing false information on a rolling basis. When users search for coronavirus, Facebook and Twitter have put a link to the Centers for Disease Control as the first result. Google is doing the same with information from the World Health Organization available in more than 20 languages. YouTube says it is removing videos promoting dangerous and false cures…

disinformation experts tell the public to remain skeptical of information online and diversify their news sources to minimize the threat of false information.

3 Minute Podcast and Read more at Source: >Tech Companies Aim To Stop COVID-19 Disinformation : NPR