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Mis- and Disinformation About Covid-19 : Challenges for Health Communication


Kessler, Sabrina Heike; Schmid, Philipp (2022). Mis- and Disinformation About Covid-19 : Challenges for Health Communication. European Journal of Health Communication, 3(2):I-VI.

Abstract

Misinformation and disinformation pose major challenges to effective health communication around the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this special issue, we present research on mis- and disinformation about Covid-19 in the European context and describe challenges and potential solutions for health communication. More specifically, the special issue features articles that analyse (a) the prevalence of mis- and disinformation beliefs about Covid-19 and their impact on individuals, as well as the drivers of these beliefs and (b) the effectiveness of potential prebunking and debunking interventions to combat mis- and disinformation. The articles demonstrate the relevance of political attitudes and media use as significant predictors of belief in health misinformation and tested a variety of effective interventions– from pausing to think critically to detailed debunking. Together, the collection of articles serves to support the evidence-based efforts of international organisations, governments, social media technology companies, and major academic institutions to address the problem of health mis- and disinformation

Abstract

Misinformation and disinformation pose major challenges to effective health communication around the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this special issue, we present research on mis- and disinformation about Covid-19 in the European context and describe challenges and potential solutions for health communication. More specifically, the special issue features articles that analyse (a) the prevalence of mis- and disinformation beliefs about Covid-19 and their impact on individuals, as well as the drivers of these beliefs and (b) the effectiveness of potential prebunking and debunking interventions to combat mis- and disinformation. The articles demonstrate the relevance of political attitudes and media use as significant predictors of belief in health misinformation and tested a variety of effective interventions– from pausing to think critically to detailed debunking. Together, the collection of articles serves to support the evidence-based efforts of international organisations, governments, social media technology companies, and major academic institutions to address the problem of health mis- and disinformation

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Medicine / Keywords: misinformation, disinformation, Covid-19 pandemic, prebunking, debunking
Language:English
Date:22 September 2022
Deposited On:18 Nov 2022 08:55
Last Modified:19 Nov 2022 06:13
Publisher:University of Zurich
ISSN:2673-5903
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.47368/ejhc.2022.200
  • Content: Published Version
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)