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.