Jamaica

COVID-19 Misinformation A Costly Exercise

Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, says the government is at its wits end on how to overcome the coronavirus (COVID-19) misinformation circulating across Jamaica.

He said the “pandemic” of COVID-19 misinformation posed a distraction to the government in its work to curtail the virus’ transmission.

He maintained that in instances where persons convey inaccuracies to deliberately mislead others, the government has to divert or use additional resources to correct that, noting that these inputs “could be used for something else”.

“Oftentimes, the resources used to correct misinformation is far greater than [those] needed to provide you with accurate information; and it is very costly, because there is no guarantee that you will hear the truth or the correction afterwards,” the Prime Minister added.

He pointed out that if misinformation “is just simply allowed to circulate… that can [potentially] create a collapse [the] society”, noting that this has created instances of panic arising.

“So, it is something that we have to carefully examine,” Mr. Holness added while praising the many persons who have been vaccinated against CoVID-19 or are taking steps to do so.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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