Inoculation Against Misinformation

A crisis on the scale of the coronavirus pandemic brings with it an unprecedented deluge of falsehoods, unfounded rumor and speculation, and snake oil profiteering. There is, as yet, no vaccine for the coronavirus, but we can inoculate ourselves from misinformation.

Drawing upon the unique expertise of institutions such as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and Quackwatch, the Center for Inquiry is doing what we do best: confronting and exposing pseudoscience and misinformation.

This is our effort to collect, curate, and communicate the most relevant and useful science and reality-based resources for information regarding the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, from CFI’s own platforms and all around the web, focusing on material that separates fact from fiction and scientific theory from conspiracy theory. 

Please, take advantage of these resources and share them with family and friends so we can slow the spread of misinformation just like we’re trying to slow the spread of the virus. No matter your belief system or political affiliation, we are all in this together. 

Your help in advancing reason, science, and humanist compassion is more important than it has ever been. We can’t do this kind of work without your support. Donate now, and be a part of the solution. 

Reliable News and Fact-Checks of Misinformation


Here’s How the Pandemic Finally Ends

September 25, 2020

Flattening the Curve of the Infodemic

Introducing Skeptical Inquirer Presents, live online presentations from leading experts in science, skepticism, medicine, media, activism, and advocacy, all devoted to the cause of advancing science over pseudoscience, media literacy over conspiracy theories, and critical thinking over magical thinking.

Resources for Teachers and Students

With schools closed and kids stuck at home, teachers and parents are doing all they can to keep students engaged in learning throughout the coronavirus crisis.

The Center for Inquiry is proud to be part of the solution. The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science is offering free, ready-made science lessons in the wonders of evolution, available online for both middle school and high school levels. Developed by TIES Director (and middle school science teacher) Bertha Vazquez, “All About Evolution” walks students through the basics of evolutionary biology, filled with helpful graphics, charts, and videos, directly engaging students interactively.

Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science

Middle School Guided Lesson for Evolutionary Biology

Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science

High School Guided Lesson for Evolutionary Biology


Newsletter #20-11

March 22, 2020


Newsletter #20-10

March 15, 2020

COVID-19 Consumer Protection

Quackwatch’s Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly email newsletter edited by William M. London, EdD, MPH, with help from Stephen Barrett, MD. It summarizes scientific reports, legislative developments, enforcement actions, news reports, website evaluations, recommended and non-recommended books, and other information relevant to consumer protection and consumer decision-making. They have also assembled a resource page on Quackwatch.

COVID-19 Snake Oil

We’ve compiled a list of the most common products and services touted as being effective at treating or preventing COVID-19 and found what science has to say about each of them.

Practical Resources and Guidance

General Resources and Knowledge Centers

The American Society for Microbiology

What Is COVID-19 One pager

To deal with the surge in products falsely claimed to prevent or cure coronavirus products, the FDA has set up a special email at If you are aware of a product claiming to prevent or cure COVID-19, let the FDA know.

World Health Organization

World Health Organization Summary Page

University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

The Future of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned from Pandemic Influenza

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Global Response to COVID-19

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