Review: “This is a time for science and solidarity”

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Review: “This is a time for science and solidarity”

Review: “This is a time for science and solidarity”

This article highlights the United Nations Communications Response Initiative to combat COVID-19 misinformation.

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, raises concerns that the deadly COVID-19 pandemic is creating another dangerous epidemic of misinformation. A global “misinfo-demic” is spreading as people around the world are seeking information to alleviate fears about COVID-19. Not only is false information being perpetuated but so too is harmful health advice. To counteract wild conspiracy theories and hateful, stigmatizing rhetoric created by misinformation, the United Nations created a Communications Response initiative to flood the Internet with facts about COVID-19. Guterres urges individuals to trust in science, responsive and responsible governance and leadership, and each other. To help combat this infodemic of misinformation, government leaders must also communicate evidence-based information to publics.

|2020-04-16T11:13:12-04:00April 16th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: “This is a time for science and solidarity”

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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