Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a threat to humanity and the first pandemic in human history where information technology and social media are being used on a massive scale to help cope with and respond to the disease.
But if these technologies have helped keep people safe, productive and connected during this unprecedented crisis, they have also spread fear and confusion about COVID-19.
To tackle this issue and overcome the spread of COVID-19, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged us to promote facts and science over despair and division.
As claims linking 5G technology and the spread of COVID-19 are mounting, ITU stands on the side of science and makes it clear that such claims have no scientific basis whatsoever.
Bringing trusted news and facts about COVID-19 is paramount.
“Now, more than ever, information technology is vital to our economy, health, and safety. And ITU, as the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, will continue to leverage these technologies to help defeat COVID-19 and make us safer, stronger, and more connected," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
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