Review: The novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) outbreak: Amplification of public health consequences by media exposure

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Review: The novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) outbreak: Amplification of public health consequences by media exposure

Review: The novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) outbreak: Amplification of public health consequences by media exposure

This commentary suggests that repeated media exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to psychological distress.

Based on research from previous public health crises (i.e., Ebola and H1N1 outbreaks) and other collective trauma (e.g., terrorist attacks), researchers determined that media coverage had unintended consequences with severe public health repercussions. Repeated media exposure increased anxiety, heightened stress, led to other negative health effects, and created an overburdened health care system by people seeking help for health protective actions. Still, it is essential to communicate urgent health information in real time, while being mindful of potential traumatic responses to that information. Trusted health care providers may help balance this critical information.

|2020-05-19T11:53:48-04:00May 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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