Definitions

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  • noun informal An excessive amount of information concerning a problem such that the solution is made more difficult

Etymologies

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From information + epidemic

Examples

  • DOW: I think the media has to have a measured response and by an infodemic I do think that it has the potential to happen.

    CNN Transcript May 3, 2009

  • DOW: I think the media has to have a measured response and by an infodemic I do think that it has the potential to happen.

    CNN Transcript May 2, 2009

  • The first case Rothkopf dubbed an infodemic was the 2002 SARS epidemic.

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  • In Turkey's most striking infodemic, Turks were gripped by fear of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's possible use of nuclear weapons during the 1991 Gulf War.

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  • On 2 February, the WHO declared there was a "massive infodemic" accompanying the outbreak and response, citing an over-abundance of reported information, accurate and false, about the virus that "makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it."

    March 8, 2020

  • Coronavirus is more of an infodemic than an epidemic.

    March 8, 2020