Review: The coronavirus infodemic

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Review: The coronavirus infodemic

Review: The coronavirus infodemic

This article provides best practices for assessing information about COVID-19.

The author provides best practice, common sense, and fact-checking questions to ask when evaluating health information:

  • Are multiple outlets reporting the same information?
  • What is the most credible source of information?
  • Do multiple articles report contradictory information?
  • What is the underlying source material?
  • Is the source of the original research one of the leading, peer-reviewed journals in the field?
  • Are the charts and graphs an accurate representation of the scientific research presented in the article?
  • Is the information plausible
  • Is the article headline a variation on the theme of “The Secret That Even Doctors Won’t Tell You”?
  • If the breakthrough is a drug claim, has it been used in human trials?
  • Does the article have a comments section?
  • What happens if you do your own research on the topic, along with other keywords such as “myth,” “hoax,” “scam,” “false,” “clickbait,” and “junk science”?
|2020-07-09T09:08:14-04:00July 9th, 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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