I know I'm preaching to the choir here, as I'm certain that all of us are capable websearchers, and quite able to distinguish reliable fact sources from nonsense when acquiring web information.
But, as the first link below points out, there are many who subscribe uncritically to all sorts of web misinformation, conspiracy theories, etc., about
any possible new threat.
That certainly includes this new coronavirus, of which the article gives some remarkable examples of the false, even absurd, information being circulated out there on it. (Such as, suggesting that the Chinese government has intentionally engineered it, and is unleashing it upon the world).
The article goes on to describe how the WHO (World Health Organization) is taking a leadership role in working to assert the dissemination of correct
information on the virus, and offering helpful steps to improve world response to it.
Pursuant to this, the second link below is to a page on the WHO website that debunks a few current myths about
Incidentally, of interest, from another article I found:"... the most threatening virus in this country right now isn’t 2019-nCoV — it’s the flu. According to the CDC, there have already been up to 26 million cases of the flu this season, leading to hundreds of thousands of hospital admissions and up to 25,000 deaths. And this flu season has not been particularly severe."
WHO mythbuster page:https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
And there may be an even darker side to web misinformation. Report of a riot in Ukraine resulting from panic caused by a fake email about