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Combatting COVID-19 Misinformation The majority of communication-related articles this week focus on the effects of COVID-19 misinformation and offer recommendations for addressing it. Research has demonstrated that excessive information, especially misinformation, has a negative psychological effect on people. In a Read More
Messaging Strategies This week, WISE Indiana’s own Dr. Ross Silverman and an interdisciplinary team of researchers at IUPUI explored the use and effectiveness of metaphors when describing the COVID-19 vaccine. From war to travel to even gaming, the researchers noted Read More
Tailoring Messages to Specific Population Needs Targeting specific populations during the pandemic offers health communicators a more tailored approach for informing and persuading individuals about recommended COVID-19 behaviors. For example, scientists already know that COVID-19 disproportionately affects African American communities Read More
Specific Messaging Strategies to Increase Preventive Behaviors This week, the New York Times reported how effective health messages cannot simply focus on telling people what not to do, but they also must tell people what they can realistically do to Read More
A wealth of information about COVID-19 has been circulating from multiple sources, but to ensure that the public understands what they are reading, it is important that information is presented with health literacy in mind. In this study, researchers evaluated Read More
Overcoming Anti-Vaccine Rhetoric With the recent announcement of an impending COVID-19 vaccine, former CDC director Tom Frieden commented on the effect of misinformation and vaccine hesitancy. He argues that critical components of effective public health risk messaging has been conspicuously Read More
The United States has failed to follow many of the best practices in health and crisis communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, given that the virus continues to spread, there is still an opportunity to use evidence-based practices moving forward Read More
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

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