washington, May 18 -- US surgeon general Vivek Murthy has some advice for Indian-Americans and Indians as they deal with the unfolding devastating second wave of Covid-19 cases and wait for that dreaded phone call: watch out for misinformation in what you read, say or forward on social media platforms.

"Misinformation is a virus itself, and it harms people, and it sometimes compels them to take actions that puts put them and other people at risk," Murthy said in a virtual outreach to Indian-Americans on the dangers of misinformation as India battles its worst public health crisis in a century.

"In a pandemic, when you're responding, information is power and if you can get the right information to people they can take steps to protect them...