COVID-19 & Latin America

We conducted a three month online open source investigation on the spread of disinformation about COVID-19 in Latin America. The primary foci of this research -- Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela, are the most populous countries in Latin America and have been devastated by the pandemic. Due to hemispherically inequality, countries have had different challenges to confront in relation to how best to respond to the pandemic. In addition, COVID-19 information has been inconsistent across the hemisphere, since not all countries are reporting on rates of testing, contamination, and death.

This preliminary research report provides an overview of what we discovered about COVID-19 and disinformation. Even with the promise of a vaccine in the foreseeable future, it seems imperative to understand the inherent power embedded in discourses of COVID-19 disinformation, especially when endorsed by prominent public and/or elected officials. Disinformation discourses when circulating online can be destructive and they engender a significantly detrimental impact on the well-being of the peoples in the Amerias. Of particular concern for this investigation is the ways in which disinformation undermines human rights.

Click HERE to access a PDF of the full report. Below is a timeine of significant firsts for Latin American countries part of this research: the first mention of COVID-19, the first case, death, and the introduction of prevention protocols.