Review: COVID-19 pandemic, infodemic and the role of eHealth literacy

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Review: COVID-19 pandemic, infodemic and the role of eHealth literacy

Review: COVID-19 pandemic, infodemic and the role of eHealth literacy

This editorial argues for empowering the public with better critical health literacy skills to strengthen community capabilities against COVID-19.

With the prevalence of inaccurate information circulating online, it is imperative that individuals improve their health literacy skills, particularly eHealth literacy. Beyond health literacy, individuals need media literacy skills to make sense of the massive amounts of information easily accessible online. It is recommended that health literacy “universal precautions” occur that assumes the public has difficulty comprehending information. At a minimum, health care providers should check patients understanding of their own health. However, because so many people are turning to digital communication before health care providers for information, public health authorities, researchers, and academic institutions should consider eHealth literacy and provide information that encourages more health-literate publics.

|2020-06-22T11:41:07-04:00June 22nd, 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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