Review: Here’s how to fight coronavirus misinformation

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Review: Here’s how to fight coronavirus misinformation

Review: Here’s how to fight coronavirus misinformation

This article provides tips for discerning information about COVID-19.

With the abundance of misinformation circulating about COVID-19, it is imperative that individuals know what to do with all the information they come into contact with. Here are some suggestions:

  • Consider the source of the information (and the source’s source): even if information someone does not to spread inaccurate information, it can still occur so it is important to evaluate the source of information
  • Check your own biases: it is easy to rely on information that we already believe so it is important to critically assess all points of view
  • Ask yourself if you’re being constructive: before sharing any information, consider if it is useful information and what others might do with the information you share
  • Be emphatic, but also empathetic: your goal shouldn’t be to be right, it should be to be helpful
  • Remember that anxiety is natural, but it’s also viral: anxiety compounds to be careful not to contribute to panic
|2020-06-11T08:05:51-04:00June 11th, 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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