Review: Assessment of health information about the prevention of COVID-19 on the internet

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Review: Assessment of health information about the prevention of COVID-19 on the internet

Review: Assessment of health information about the prevention of COVID-19 on the internet

This study suggests public health organizations provide the most up-to-date and timely COVID-19 information, yet other online information sources do not align with WHO’s basic protective measures.

Evaluating information on the internet is important as a lot of misinformation is presented on this influential platform. Specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly recommended that information align with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) basic protective measures. In this descriptive study, several online sources did not provide advice that adhered to WHO guidelines, and links from the United States provide less information about how to prevent COVID-19 compared to other countries.

Ambiguous information presented via online sources has led to incorrect use of preventive measures. Public health organizations typically provide the most up-to-date and accurate information; however, their visibility on the internet needs to be heightened so individuals can attain correct information. It is important to promote the use of official public health organizations’ websites to obtain high-quality information more frequently.

|2020-04-09T08:58:34-04:00April 9th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Assessment of health information about the prevention of COVID-19 on the internet

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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