How to avoid misinformation regarding COVID-19 with an AI tool
You get home, sit down to have a moment for yourself. As you unlock your phone to check the latest COVID-19 news, you see a notification about a highly controversial post of an acquaintance about the virus. You are worried about your family and yourself as you try to either verify or refute the information you see.
“Is it true? Or is it just another piece of misinformation that people share without thinking about it for a second?”
The information overload and the wild spread of misinformation make it hard to stay updated on COVID-19, but there is an AI tool that can help you avoid fake news.
Fact or Fake?
The COVID-19 epidemic hit the world like a brewing storm. Just a few months after the first case in China, the virus spread all across the globe. The modern world hasn’t experienced anything like this before. However, with a wide range of information gathering methods available, people got lots and lots of information from various sources with a ton of factual and also misinformation on the subject.
As WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on 15 February: With the arrival and spread of COVID–19, “we’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic.”.
There are elements in the world that people cannot directly perceive with their senses. Therefore, only through communication can we understand things like radiation, climate change and pandemics, as German sociologist Niklas Luhmann pointed out long ago.
Lies spread faster
Since the amount of health news related to coronavirus is excessive and growing by the minute in the world, it is hard to see clearly what is factual information and what is misinformation or straight-up fabrication.
To demonstrate this information gathering problem, think about these three questions related to COVID-19. How much different information came out about them during this year?
How did it start?
Is it worse than the flu?
Are masks any good?
Let’s not forget the fact that misinformation spread faster than the truth, according to research. Social media platforms tend to show users posts that have more engagement. A well-crafted rumor can have a higher degree of novelty and more emotional content than the truth, making it more appealing to share, therefore leading misinformation to travel faster and to a broader audience.
The sheer amount of information is also a factor that we need to take into account. No one has the time to read all the reports and news on COVID-19 when there are thousands of new articles appearing every single day online. Not to mention that an average person may have their topic preference – like drug/vaccine development or economic effects – that they want to see immediately instead of other news of the epidemic.
We offer a solution that eliminates the risk of misinformation and saves you a lot of time.
What is BrightMeUp!?
Avatars have up-to-date information on any topic users need: they learn, interpret, and select relevant articles – from a specialized database for professionals – to save time for users. It is important to note that all the sources applied are based on recommendations by market leaders. This feature guarantees that you will only read factual information published by trusted sources of the affected industry.
The HealthWatch database contains most of the news regarding COVID-19, but you can find Avatars that follow somehow similar topics in the Fintech database too.
Avatars learn a topic like a human being. We taught the currently available Avatars with the help of dozens of articles at the time of their creation. As a result, Avatars learned to distinguish relevant and non-relevant content according to their topic.
The trained Avatar continuously collects, reads, and selects the latest articles on the topic, which you can read in the feed. This feature saves you time, so instead of searching for information, you can read what you wanted to know in the first place. If there is a topic which you cannot find an Avatar for, you can request one.
As you will notice, the topic of an Avatar can either be broad or narrow. Broad topics like “Coronavirus in general” tend to have articles that cover more aspects of the epidemic, while narrow topics like “COVID-19 Vaccine Development” will have fine-tuned results.
Here is a list of COVID-19-related Avatars you can follow instantly:
COVID-19 news in the HealthWatch database
This Avatar shows articles related to treatment with antibodies as a possible solution for Covid-19 and biotechnologies to develop them.
Get more information on how Covid-19 appears in children.
Learn more about Covid-19 related symptoms and the effect of pre-existing conditions on the course of the disease.
Follow the progress of vaccine development against Covid-19.
Follow the trials of new and already existing drugs that can potentially be effective against Covid-19.
This Avatar aims to follow the problem set of the recession on a global scale. Also, it examines the effects of Covid-19 on international markets, currencies, and willingness to invest.
Learn more about how the spread of the epidemic develops and what measures got introduced.
Read more about what are the cultural, social, economic, and health impacts of pandemics on a global scale.
Follow the recession problem set in respect of the US. To what extent and how does Covid-19 influence the development of the recession in the United States?
For detecting coronavirus, test types, testing practice.
Are there any mental disorders remaining after Covid-19?
Follow the recession problem set in respect of Australia.
Follow the recession problem set in respect of Europe.
How does the virus attack? What are the features, virality, how does it spread, and what should we know about it?
COVID-19 news In the Fintech database
Which businesses gain on COVID-19, and who loses?
Read about new cases, virality, and government acts.
This Avatar shows all the news about COVID-19.
What SMEs and Corporate need to know.
How COVID-19, social conflicts, and natural disasters affect the economy of powerful nations.
Mitigations according to COVID-19 in the EU.
Economic reactions on Covid-19.
If you want to delve deeper into a topic, the meaning-based search engine in the Explore interface ensures that you can find what you want. The phrase “meaning-based search engine” basically means that instead of simple keywords, you can start a search with longer texts as input. You can use a single paragraph or even copy an entire document into the search window.
Above all, this feature allows you to search for a complex topic that cannot be described by a single keyword. Based on the meaning of the text you enter, you will receive (accurate) results in order of relevance or chronology.
So if you find some exciting content about COVID-19 and want to search for something similar, copy the summary of the article or the whole text to the search window of the Explore page and hit the search icon.
It is important to note that we do not save your search history and do not build user profiles. Search hits are displayed solely based on the content of the search text.
Up-to-date news appears in this section. In the feed (News), you can define what you want to read. First, select the Avatar you are interested in, and after that, you can immediately start to read its news. Quickly, easily.
To stay updated on different aspects of COVID-19, it is enough to select an Avatar and follow its news. From now on, you won’t have to spend time searching and filtering the available information.
In conclusion, use BrightMeUp! to gather information on different aspects of COVID-19. It is easy, fast, and more reliable than browsing social media or a hit list of a conventional search engine.
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