Review: COVID-19: Are we getting the communications right?
In an editorial, UK’s government was criticized for being slow to respond to the pandemic by not following instructive experiences from other countries.
China’s aggressive approach to locking down cities has slowed the spread of the virus in its country suggesting that other countries should implement similar strategies. Nearly 75% of sampled people in the UK support quarantines of entire cities, but only 50% think the government is doing a good job containing the spread of the virus because of its delayed response. More support exists for the efforts of health organizations, with 70% of people believing national health organizations and 57% believing local and global health authorities are doing a good job. Cohesive responses need to be communicated and implemented swiftly by all parties.
About the Author: Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She 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 and safety. 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.