Review: COVID-19 in Singapore—current experience: Critical global issues that require attention and action

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Review: COVID-19 in Singapore—current experience: Critical global issues that require attention and action

Review: COVID-19 in Singapore—current experience: Critical global issues that require attention and action

This commentary highlights the need for clear, accurate, and timely communication to reduce the worldwide spread of COVID-19.

According to the authors, COVID-19 is a test for the world to cooperate by sharing information and relying on evidence-based approaches to epidemics to promote global health. Given how rapidly the virus has spread, individuals are anxious about COVID-19. Different from previous epidemics is the extent and speed at which information is also spreading. Clear, accurate, and timely dissemination of information from trusted sources is critical during this pandemic, and because traditional communication channels are inadequate, sources should utilize social media daily to provide up-to-date information. Although this can be beneficial for providing current information, it also allows for a tremendous amount and diversity of information as well as the propagation of false information. Trusted sources must actively involve individuals with information during this pandemic.

In addition to communication, several other critical issues also require coordinated efforts for successful public health interventions:

  • Better understanding of virus transmission
  • Rapid, sensitive screening tests
  • Clinical criteria to differentiate individuals’ severity
  • Optimal timing and benefits of various treatment options
  • Support for frontline health care workers
  • Vaccine development

Communicating clear, concise information about these topics is critically important to help reduce worldwide spread of COVID-19.

|2020-04-16T11:13:44-04:00April 16th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: COVID-19 in Singapore—current experience: Critical global issues that require attention and action

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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