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Covid-19 rumour tracking bulletin - October 2020

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Key trends in August

• Downplaying the risks associated with Covid-19 remains the most common rumour. However, fewer people expressed the belief that Africans are immune to the virus, which was previously the most prevalent rumour downplaying the virus. Across August, the idea that the government is capitalising on Covid-19 for political reasons was the most common reason for people not taking the virus seriously.

• There was a spike in rumours around Covid-19 cures in August, with alcohol consumption and home remedies frequently mentioned.

• Fewer rumours around governmental and agency responses to the virus surfaced in August. This suggests that fears around repatriation and assistance being reduced or stopped altogether were less widespread in August than previously.


This is the second of a series of monthly rumour-tracking bulletins covering various refugee settlements across Uganda (see the demographic section for more information). The findings will be shared with the humanitarian community in Uganda to provide timely, relevant information about Covid-19 rumours.

As an inter-agency effort, multiple partners shared rumours documented by their staff and volunteers. Partners include Adventist Development and Relief Agency, African Women Rising,
AVSI Foundation, CARE, Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Initiative, Danish Refugee Council,
Finn Church Aid, Feedback, Referral and Resolution Mechanism, Internews,
International Rescue Committee and Save the Children.

If you would like to take part in the rumour tracking initiative, please contact
The rumour tracking is an ongoing project, and these bulletins will be updated and shared on a monthly basis. Feedback is welcome. Please send your comments to kai.kamei@