Review: How to fight an infodemic

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Review: How to fight an infodemic

Review: How to fight an infodemic

This article discusses WHO’s newly launched platform to correct misinformation about COVID-19.

Not only are we fighting a pandemic, we are also fighting an infodemic, which is a global epidemic of misinformation. Because of social media in particular, we are facing a new challenge of providing information quickly, particularly accurate information for people to act appropriately. WHO has launched a new platform, called WHO Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN), to provide evidence-based information to counteract any misinformation circulating from traditional mass media and social media outlets. They are also working to provide individuals with reliable sources for any time someone searches for coronavirus or COVID-19 online.

|2020-04-03T08:40:16-04:00April 3rd, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: How to fight an infodemic

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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