Review: Coronavirus misinformation needs researchers to respond

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Review: Coronavirus misinformation needs researchers to respond

Review: Coronavirus misinformation needs researchers to respond

This editorial argues that researchers need to be transparent and acknowledge what is known and unknown to tackle disinformation.

A resurgence of misinformation and disinformation has come to the forefront as people begin to question the safety of proposed vaccines for COVID-19, the security of contact-tracing apps, and how intellectual property rights and profits will be shared. Lessons from previous communication efforts on emerging research information are clear:
• Do not over-promise
• Do not over-sell
• Emphasize what is known and what is not known
• Be transparent about what works, how it works, and possible risks
Researchers need to respond to misinformation and disinformation by building a community that is resilient to falsehoods about COVID-19.

|2020-06-11T08:05:42-04:00June 10th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Coronavirus misinformation needs researchers to respond

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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