Review: COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic: Information sources channels for the public health awareness

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Review: COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic: Information sources channels for the public health awareness

Review: COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic: Information sources channels for the public health awareness

This letter to the editor discusses the vital role of an information specialist to assist public health information seekers during COVID-19.

Public health awareness is key to reducing the spread of COVID-19, making it the most effective tool of protection during the crisis. To combat the effects of the pandemic, the authors note the important role of information specialists and librarians in assisting with public health awareness for prevention measures, supporting researchers about the latest research and developments, and offering service to general information seekers. They determined that the channels most commonly used to facilitate public health awareness during the COVID-19 pandemic include mobile apps, artificial intelligence-based chatbots, social media platforms, online video-based lectures, and electronic academic resources. Using information specialists to disseminate information to health care workers, community members, and researchers via these information channels is vital for informing and updating stakeholders of rapidly changing information.

|2020-07-23T08:01:52-04:00July 23rd, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

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. 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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