Review: COVID-19: The first posttruth pandemic

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Review: COVID-19: The first posttruth pandemic

Review: COVID-19: The first posttruth pandemic

This article argues that a culture of trust stemming from both political leaders and lay public members is necessary for effective public health practices amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the influx of misleading and inaccurate information, some even from political leaders, celebrities, and local health officials, individuals are struggling with knowing what and who to trust. It is imperative that messages be not only accurate but also consistent and widespread. Because trust in science is still fairly high relative to other institutions, it is important to communicate recommended public health measures grounded in the best available science, even if it is incomplete and changing. Transparency about conclusions and limits of knowledge are also essential for gaining trust and persuading people to believe the information presented.

 

|2020-06-26T07:59:51-04:00June 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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