Social media has shown to be an essential form of communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. This editorial focuses on both the positives and negatives of using social media, for both the public and for health care providers (and the authors Read More
This week’s review of research addressing communication and COVID-19 focuses on social media, with many studies focusing specifically on Twitter. Here is what we know: Public’s Views of Social Media Social media is widely used by nearly all segments of Read More
COVID-19 Vaccine Communication This week, The Atlantic reported how public health messaging about the COVID-19 vaccine has backfired. Instead of presenting a balanced optimism since the vaccines have been launched in the United States, the focus has been on negativity Read More
Characteristics of COVID-19 Spokespersons In this study, scholars studied the COVID-19 communication from 20 heads of government from around the world. Understanding the language used is important because it has been shown to affect compliance for public health recommendations. Particularly Read More
Strategies to Continue Encouraging COVID-19 Mitigation Behaviors Even with the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, a group of international scholars are urging health experts and government officials to not relent on persuading people to continue recommended safety precautions such as mask-wearing Read More
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
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
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

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