Review: YouTube as a source of medical information on the novel coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic

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Review: YouTube as a source of medical information on the novel coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic

Review: YouTube as a source of medical information on the novel coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic

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.

|2020-05-22T11:08:12-04:00May 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, 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. 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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