Misinformation, in most cases, is the reconfigured content using basic tools. Fake information
related to casualties, infections, contacts, lockdowns, investments, exam schedules, and
immigration, leads to confusion, fears, phobophobia, discrimination, harassment, physical injuries,
deaths, financial damages, reputational losses, and many more long-lasting side effects.
Objective: The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the many ways in which misinformation
and information leakage related to COVID-19 can influence the stakeholders, such that it gives
policymakers and citizens a greater understanding of both direct and indirect risks and harms when
assessing the challenges their countries are facing.
Methods: An extensive literature review was done on the prevalence of the COVID-19 related misinformation
and its associated significant psychological, reputational, physical, and societal implications
on Indians. The novel and possible approaches to fight against the misinformation are described.