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Communicating through Social Media It is important for effective risk communication during COVID-19 to instruct, inform, and motivate appropriate self-protective behaviors, and it is also important to monitor the changing environment and address the informational needs of the public. This Read More
This week is full of information about misinformation. All across the globe, misinformation about COVID-19 is a major threat to public health. In this research study of prevalence and predictors of belief in misinformation across the United States, the United Read More
COVID-19 Information on Twitter It appears that Twitter has become the preferred social media platform to communicate facts, myths, and opinions about COVID-19. In this analysis of COVID-19-related information on Twitter, researchers determined that celebrities, politicians, and health agencies had Read More
Misinformation on Social Media This month, the American Journal of Public Health published a special issue on health misinformation on social media. Below are just a few highlights from the issue: Five evidence-based recommendations for government and public health organizations Read More
Message Approaches to Conspiracy Theories and Political Climate Belief in conspiracy theories about COVID-19 in the United States is prevalent and constant. This article presents the results of a national probability survey about conspiracy theories, preventive measure behaviors and intentions, Read More
Official Communication Strategies and Effectiveness Two articles discuss how government sources are the most used and trusted sources of information about COVID-19. One article specifically focuses on how young adults use government websites more than other age groups, and how Read More
In this article, health risk communication scholars use systems theory to analyze U.S. government communication during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer recommendations for local, national, and international governments to effectively communicate with the public: Actively seek and respond to relevant Read More
Unique Educational and Persuasive Approaches from Other Countries In a unique approach to persuade individuals to comply with recommended preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Quebec government partnered with local music artists to communicate its message. Music Read More
This week, two studies were published assessing the quality of online information about COVID-19 being communicated to public audiences. In the first study, researchers determined there are gaps in the quality of information available online. Websites from educational sources (.edu) Read More
Now that the earliest stages of COVID-19 have passed, it is important to assess the communication to the public about health risk. Although standards of crisis and risk communication are applicable (i.e., have an informed plan, tailor messages to the Read More

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