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ABSTRACT. The aim of this paper is to synthesize and analyze existing evidence on the proliferation of COVID-19 misinformation and fake news. Using and replicating data from Gallup, Knight Foundation, Ofcom, Pew Research Center, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and University of Canberra, we performed analyses and made estimates regarding constant exposure to mainstream journalism and social media coverage of COVID-19 pandemic. Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling.

Keywords: COVID-19; pandemic; misinformation; fake news; panic; fear

How to cite: Lazaroiu, G., and Adams, C. (2020). “Viral Panic and Contagious Fear in Scary Times: The Proliferation of COVID-19 Misinformation and Fake News,” Analysis and Metaphysics 19: 80–86. doi:10.22381/AM1920209

Received 24 April 2020 • Received in revised form 26 September 2020
Accepted 27 September 2020 • Available online 1 October 2020

George Lazaroiu
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The Institute of Smart Big Data Analytics,
New York City, NY, USA;
Spiru Haret University, Bucharest, Romania
(corresponding author)
Claire Adams
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The Internet of Things-enabled Smart Sustainable
Cities Laboratory at AAER, Manchester, England

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