Review: Social media: Friend or foe in the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Review: Social media: Friend or foe in the COVID-19 pandemic?

Review: Social media: Friend or foe in the COVID-19 pandemic?

This commentary provides recommendations for using social media effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disseminating accurate and timely information is crucial for decreasing the transmission of COVID-19. One of the fastest ways to share information with the general public is through social media. In an attempt to counter the fake news circulating in the current infodemic, it is imperative that government and health care authorities use social media to share updates, news, and scientific discoveries. Individuals should consider the following practical recommendations:

  • Trust reliable sources such as government and health care organizations
  • Evaluate sources of information and their conflicts of information
  • Do not circulate unreliable information
  • Avoid messages with political content which influence how people respond to the virus

Communication is essential during this pandemic. Reliable sources must provide accurate information, and laypersons must assess and understand that information.

 

|2020-05-28T11:42:21-04:00May 28th, 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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