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COVID19 a disinformation virus

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| Deactivating racism and xenophobia during the COVID19 health crisis | In the context of the current crisis caused by COVID-19, we are witnessing an unmeasured amount of (dis) information, where different messages arrive every day to our closest social networks about different actions taken in the face of the pandemic, which in many cases generate dangerous misinformation that can lead to major health problems and social tension.

Proof of this are the messages that have led to ingestions of bleach and / or its substitutes by the population or some attacks and confrontational behaviors between neighbors by the use of even warlike language by political representatives and some media communication. In this sense, Fundación Cepaim assists with great concern in this situation and sees how this makes their social work even more difficult, in which it becomes evident that more than ever the population as a whole must be united to overcome these difficult situations and in some extremely complicated cases that come hand in hand with an increase in the vulnerability situations of a population, in many cases, already bad in the face of the current crisis. In that direction, the increase in racist and xenophobic hoaxes that spread through disinformation directed against migrants and refugees has caused and is causing an even bigger hole in the situation of these people.

For all this, through the Platform Deactiva.org, Cepaim Foundation thanks to the team of experts and allies with the objectives of the platform, is paying special attention to these hoaxes and providing tools to deactivate them within the project that is carried out with the financing of the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, General Directorate for Inclusion and Humanitarian Attention and the Fund for Asylum, Migration and Integration of the European Union. Now, more than ever, it is necessary to #Deactivate hoaxes, fake news and hate speech that promote racial discrimination.

Given the increase in accounts created to fill the networks of hate and disinformation, the team of the Desactiva project continues its work with the aim of making social networks, especially in these times when they are our means of relating to the outside world.

, a forum for constructive reflection and debate that fosters an intercultural society, where diversity is an inescapable source to combat this crisis. To do this, after a study in networks of the most shared false information, and questions that different people are sending from their profiles on social networks to the Deactivating Platform, racism and xenophobia, the team of professionals is contributing their work to spread reliable and proven sources that can refute these hoaxes and stop the chain of disinformation. Frequently asked questions, false information, hoaxes and stereotypes Among those frequently asked questions during this health crisis, where we have seen how the xenophobia and racism virus has also increased and has spread freely through social networks, we find that one of the most widely shared false reports is that this virus is carry or have been spread by people of Chinese or Asian origin.

This information has triggered discriminatory acts and even some attacks against them in Spain. Specifically, on the platform deactiva.org they have asked this question 'Who are the people who spread the Covid-19 virus?', Your answer can help deactivate the hoaxes about the reality of the origin of the people who initially infected the virus and its territories of origin where it becomes evident that it is a question of global geographical scope and in which now, with a virus totally unknown throughout the world, there is evidence that there are strains of each geographical area spread throughout the geography Spanish and world.

Being more evident after genetic monitoring of the virus in each territory than the initial spread, mainly,It came from people from these European territories who became infected in Asian countries and then brought this contagion among their population back to their countries of origin and not from the resident immigrant population of Asian origin. To avoid falling into disinformation and not contributing to creating social alarm, it is very important to consult reliable sources.

This, which may seem obvious but it is not so much if we take into account that the disinformation disseminated by social networks comes, sometimes, from profiles that are constituted as the media and even from national political leaders. At deactiva.org you can find a section dedicated exclusively to 'Reliable Sources' where you can consult data from primary and verified sources.

In this sense, a question was asked on the platform where a compilation of the pages in which information can be extracted to disseminate during the pandemic is made.

'Where can I find reliable information on Covid19 or quality health information?' On the other hand, according to a previous diagnosis in networks and the questions received on the platform, there is some uncertainty or misrepresentation of information that has to do with the activities and role of migrants in relation to their contribution to society in different areas of this crisis.

For this reason, it is important to remember that during this health crisis, trades that previously remained in the background or were completely invisible were made visible.

This is the case of agricultural work (work in the field, warehouses, food collection or distribution logistics for them) and care work (interns in homes caring for the elderly, children and cleaning tasks).All of them that during the crisis that we have lived in the current State of Alarm have become visible as fundamental for our subsistence and that they are, for the most part, carried out by migrants, men and women, who occupy these positions until now more devalued in the Spanish job market and therefore precarious.

Despite the cyclical nature of the agricultural sector, according to data from the National Statistics Institute in the first quarter of 2020, 20.65% of people working in this sector are foreigners.

You can read and share this expanded answer in the question "Do migrants contribute to improve this situation of health crisis for Covid19?" At deactiva.org.who occupy these positions until now most undervalued in the Spanish job market and therefore precarious.

Despite the cyclical nature of the agricultural sector, according to data from the National Statistics Institute in the first quarter of 2020, 20.65% of people working in this sector are foreigners.

You can read and share this expanded answer in the question "Do migrants contribute to improve this situation of health crisis for Covid19?" At deactiva.org.who occupy these positions until now most undervalued in the Spanish job market and therefore precarious.

Despite the cyclical nature of the agricultural sector, according to data from the National Statistics Institute in the first quarter of 2020, 20.65% of people working in this sector are foreigners.

You can read and share this expanded answer in the question "Do migrants contribute to improve this situation of health crisis for Covid19?" At deactiva.org.You can read and share this expanded answer in the question "Do migrants contribute to improve this situation of health crisis for Covid19?" At deactiva.org.You can read and share this expanded answer in the question "Do migrants contribute to improve this situation of health crisis for Covid19?" At deactiva.org. From the Desactiva platform we remind you that you can consult these and other questions about the migrant and refugee population or cast your doubts about the information that runs through the networks at www.desactiva.org. It is important that the information that circulates through the RRSS or reaches you through WhatsApp is also put in #quantiary. Before sharing, check that the information comes from official sources and that it is verified and #Turn off the chain of xenophobia and racism, DO NOT spread toxic messages. Fundación Cepaim has been working since 1994 to promote an inclusive and intercultural society model that facilitates full access to citizenship rights for the most vulnerable people in our society and, especially, for migrants. We are currently present in 9 autonomous communities (Andalusia, Aragon, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Extremadura, Madrid, Murcia and Valencia), the autonomous city of Ceuta and with its own presence in Senegal.

With a total of 32 territorial centers, we place the emphasis on our direct intervention with the population at risk of social exclusion in the neighborhoods of the territories where we are located, working in the field of International Reception and Protection, Housing, Job Placement and Training, Community Action, Equality, Diversity and Non-Discrimination Management, Rural Development and Entrepreneurship, and Development Cooperation and Co-development.

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