Combating the COVID-19 infodemic: a three-level approach for low and middle-income countries

Dash, Sambit (2021) Combating the COVID-19 infodemic: a three-level approach for low and middle-income countries. BMJ Global Health, 6. pp. 1-5. ISSN 2059-7908

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Abstract

The COVID-19 crisis has contributed to the development of an ‘infodemic’ that hinders an adequate public health approach to managing the crisis. ► The adverse effects of the infodemic may be exacerbated in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) where low health literacy levels, poor health infrastructure and poor resource settings exist. ► In order to manage the COVID-19 infodemic in LMICs, a three-level approach is suggested in the context of countering fake news. ► Public health communicators may benefit from using unique methods such as story-telling to understand the underlying factors that promote infodemics as well as explore practical tools that can counter the tide of misinformation. ► Laws in LMICs to address privacy concerns in the use of data and personal health information are weak and concerted efforts need to be made to strengthen them.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Biochemistry
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2021 04:25
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 04:25
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/156774

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