Africa: Coronavirus Media Coverage Must Avoid the Mistakes of the Aids Pandemic in Africa

[The Conversation Africa] As COVID-19 becomes the most intensely covered virus in history, there are important lessons to be drawn from the media's reporting of another global pandemic: HIV/Aids.
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[Ghanaian Times] Until the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic late last year, HIV/AIDS was regarded as the world's worst epidemic humanity had ever faced.
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[GFO] The 23rd edition of the world's largest conference on HIV, the International AIDS Conference, took place from 6 to 10 July 2020. The conference was initially scheduled to be held in San Francisco and Oakland in the United States of America. However, this time the biennial AIDS 2020 Conference took place virtually because of safety concerns related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. AIDS 2020: Virtual, whose main theme was resilience, attracted more than 20 000 participants, including scie
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[New Times] The coronavirus pandemic has struck one of its most pernicious blows to the global health sector with unimaginable consequences.
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[The Conversation Africa] The coronavirus pandemic is accompanied by what the World Health Organisation describes as an "infodemic" - misinformation, disinformation or conspiracy theories: "coronavirus myths". These circulate on social media and are further disseminated by influencers, the click-bait infotainment "penny dreadfuls" of the internet, mainstream media which repeat them for audiences to shake their heads at the apparent credulity of others, and some world leaders.
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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -The pop singer said he will fund solutions for people facing barriers to HIV or AIDS care due to the COVID-19 pandemic
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[African Arguments] As we are re-learning with the coronavirus pandemic, the outbreak and global spread of a novel disease, which has neither vaccine nor proven cure, causes panic. More precisely, it causes political leaders and communities to resort to behaviours that intensify confusion and anxiety. Meanwhile, despite expert assurances to the contrary, public health 'best practices' are at best well-informed projections with the uncertainty factors on mute. At worst they can be superstitions.
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