Review: COVID-19 – Infodemic overtaking pandemic? Time to disseminate facts over fear

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Review: COVID-19 – Infodemic overtaking pandemic? Time to disseminate facts over fear

Review: COVID-19 – Infodemic overtaking pandemic? Time to disseminate facts over fear

This commentary calls on health care providers, social media platforms, professional bodies, and the public to identify and combat the spread of misinformation.

A global infodemic (an epidemic of misinformation) is spreading rapidly through social media and other outlets, creating serious obstacles to public health interventions. This misinformation is creating fear, confusion, and stigmatization, which may lead people to engage in dangerous practices. The World Health Organization is working to control the spread of misinformation, but it needs help from social media companies, health care providers, and others to be successful. Updated information must be disseminated from credible sources, and fact-checking must occur before sharing any information.

|2020-05-26T08:55:40-04:00May 26th, 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 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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