Review: COVID-19: When our social media posts shift from sharing concerns to fueling anxiety

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Review: COVID-19: When our social media posts shift from sharing concerns to fueling anxiety

Review: COVID-19: When our social media posts shift from sharing concerns to fueling anxiety

This commentary encourages nurses, in particular, to be mindful of what they communicate on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic because of its impact on others.

People look to health care staff for cues about what to do during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. As more people turn to social media for connection and information during this time of social distancing, frontline health care providers need to be aware of what they post and how it is affecting others’ perceptions. It is important to balance the need to document the crisis and to use influence to motivate action. The advice is to be resourceful and supportive of one’s own and others’ mental health needs.

|2020-05-14T11:17:33-04:00May 14th, 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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