Mapping Misinformation in the Coronavirus Outbreak

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Ana Santos Rutschman

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Date Written: March 10, 2020


The coronavirus outbreak has sent ripples of fear and confusion across the world. These sentiments—and our collective responses to the outbreak—are made worse by rampant misinformation surrounding the new strain of the virus, COVID-2019. In this post, I survey some of the most pervasive areas of tentacular coronavirus-related misinformation that has proliferated online—as well as the responses of social media companies like YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest and TikTok that may ultimately prove inadequate given the magnitude of the problem.

Keywords: misinformation, coronavirus, pandemic, COVID-19, social media, Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube, Tik Tok, conspiracy theories, vaccines, patents, Bill Gates

Suggested Citation

Santos Rutschman, Ana, Mapping Misinformation in the Coronavirus Outbreak (March 10, 2020). Health Affairs Blog, 2020, Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-14, Available at SSRN: or

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