Social Media Is Main Source of COVID Info for Many Around the Globe: Study
Social media platforms are key sources of COVID-19 information in some migrant and ethnic minority populations globally, a study of data from six countries shows. The research was released Wednesday in a special early publication in advance of the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2022, Lisbon, Portugal, April 23-26). It also was posted to the preprint server medRxiv. The research has not yet been peer-reviewed. Understanding where patients are getting their information on COVID and why can help improve communication with patients in the pandemic, the authors say.
@rukmini-d Populations experiencing barriers to robust public health information, including migrants and ethnic minority groups, may be disproportionately impacted by misinformation circulating via social media, including on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram), yet this has not been well evaluated to date. Among 389 Syrian refugee mothers in Jordan, Facebook and WhatsApp were the main sources of COVID-19 information for 87% and 69% of respondents respectively