Review: The more exposure to media information about COVID-19, the more distressed you will feel

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Review: The more exposure to media information about COVID-19, the more distressed you will feel

Review: The more exposure to media information about COVID-19, the more distressed you will feel

In this letter to the editor, the authors present research that confirms that the more people are exposed to media about COVID-19, the more psychological distress they feel.

This is the first study to demonstrate a dose-response relationship between media exposure to COVID-19 information and psychological distress in the healthy population. Media-fueled psychological distress is harmful to not only the individuals experiencing the distress but also to others because of misplaced help-seeking behaviors consuming large amounts of health care resources.

|2020-05-19T11:54:20-04:00May 19th, 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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