Today we released a new special feature in the journal #HealthSecurity as part of @WHO joint call for articles on infodemics with 5 leading peer-reviewed journals in all related to the components of infodemics during PH emergencies - liebertpub.com/toc/hs/19/1
“infodemic” is used to denote a rapid, large-scale spread of health info & misinformation through a variety of media and informational channels. This overabundance of information—some accurate and some not—makes it difficult for people to differentiate between false & true info.
Articles on: practice & research-based analysis of misinfo, characteristics of successful online messaging, disinfo & epidemics in the context of biowarfare, understanding the impact of diff news sources on risk perception & use of community listening to respond to false info.
The US currently faces 3 major SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, which could make coronavirus spread more easily or make our current therapeutics + vaccines less effective. As the pandemic unfolds, more variants will emerge. We can – and must – respond. (2/5)
This report reviews the status of current efforts around COVID-19 surveillance, sequencing + variant characterization, while offering policy recommendations for increasing the country’s capacity to respond to future variants. (3/5)