This research study determined that more useful videos from reputable public health organizations and academic institutions are needed on YouTube.
Not surprisingly, independent YouTube users were more likely to post misleading videos than useful videos about the COVID-19 pandemic than reputable health or government agencies. Most videos, even the few from the World Health Organization, lacked comprehensive medical content. Thus, accurate and reliable information may not be reaching the majority of YouTube users. Credible health organizations need to recognize and utilize YouTube as a valid channel to disseminate health information about COVID-19.