This article highlights that the rate of misinformation and unverifiable information about COVID-19 on Twitter is alarmingly high.
Information about COVID-19 has been spreading uninhibited over traditional and social media platforms at an unprecedented rate. Nearly 25% of the information tweeted on Twitter is misinformation and another 17.5% of information is unverifiable information. Not surprisingly, most misinformation stems from unverifiable individual or group accounts and not public health or health care accounts. It is important for early interventions from multiple stakeholders to curb the spread of misinformation that endangers public safety at a time when awareness and appropriate preventive actions are of utmost importance. It is public health, government, and health care leaders’ responsibility to harness the power of social media to communicate reliable and vetted information.