I’ve always been taught that face-to-face interactions are to be preferred over remote ones through technology.
Throughout my days as a communication student, then a reporter and finally a public relations consultant I practiced and came to believe that physical presence helps us to establish better professional relationships and therefore makes us more effective at work.
Then COVID-19 came along and disrupted everything.
Last week saw the viral spread on Indonesia social media of the “news” that said Xiaomi smartphones could somehow spread the coronavirus.
Though logic-defying and blatantly fake, this piece of news was picked up by online news portals and made viral by many social media users. As an analyst at Maverick, the epidemiology of this fake news item is fascinating for me, as it contains lessons about its contagious pathways and what could be done in future outbreaks.