COVID -19- Infodemic overtaking Pandemic? Time to disseminate facts over fear

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2020-04-20

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2020.v32i02SUPP.018

Keywords:

COVID -19, Infodemic, Pandemic

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  • Praveen Kulkarni JSS Medical College, JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Mysuru, Karnataka
  • Sudhir Prabhu Father Muller Medical College, Mangaluru, Karmataka https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4562-543X
  • Sunil Kumar JSS Medical College, JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Mysuru, Karnataka
  • Balaji Ramraj SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Chennai https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4727-4135

Abstract

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a humanitarian emergency. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Governments are making their best efforts to prevent the spread of disease. But a global epidemic of misinformation which is rapidly spreading through social media platforms and other outlets is posing serious problem to the public health interventions. This rapid spread of all sorts of information pertaining to the epidemic which makes its solution difficult is termed as infodemic. Infodemic creates fear, confusion and stigmatization among people and makes them more vulnerable to practice the measures which are not evidence based and scientifically sound. Hence there is an urgent need to identify the source of misinformation and prevent them from further spreading. WHO and the government of India have taken several steps in controlling this problem but there is a need for active involvement of social media companies, professional bodies, health care providers and general public in identification of misinformation and combating its spread.

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Kulkarni P, Prabhu S, Kumar S, Ramraj B. COVID -19- Infodemic overtaking Pandemic? Time to disseminate facts over fear. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2020 Apr. 20 [cited 2023 Feb. 1];32(2 (Supp):264-8. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/1455

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