Mis-infodemic: The Achilles’ heel in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in an Indian perspective

  • Soumya Swaroop Sahoo Department of Community Medicine and Family Medicine, All India Institute of medical Sciences, Bathinda, India.
  • Dinesh Prasad Sahu | dineshprasad.sahu@yahoo.in Department of Community Medicine and Family Medicine, All India Institute of medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, India. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8044-3159
  • Ankita Kankaria Department of Community Medicine and Family Medicine, All India Institute of medical Sciences, Bathinda, India.

Abstract

In this ongoing SARS-CoV2 Corona virus pandemic, we are witnessing an uninhibited spread of mis-information on various social media platforms. This spread of mis-information or “mis-infodemic” is playing a negative role in our fight against the virus with far reaching consequences. International organizations like the WHO and other governmental organizations have geared up to the occasion to limit the spread of these and bring clarity in this context. In this time of crisis, risk communication is vital in the communication between organizations/government and the people. But apart from the organizations, the onus is on the people and media to realise the importance and verify the authenticity of information being circulated. It is imperative that information, being a double edged sword, is handled with caution and effective communication strategies are devised for the dissemination of accurate and scientific health related information. Social media can be used in a constructive way in mitigating the effects of this pandemic for the betterment of the society.

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Published
2020-06-03
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COVID-19 - Collection of articles on the Coronavirus outbreak
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Infodemics, pandemic, COVID-19, Coronavirus, information
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Sahoo, S. S., Sahu, D. P., & Kankaria, A. (2020). Mis-infodemic: The Achilles’ heel in combating the COVID-19 pandemic in an Indian perspective. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, 90(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2020.1405