The Role of Social Media in the Times of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Authors

  • Bora Erdem

Keywords:

Covid-19, social media, pandemic, communication, public health emergency, infodemic, global health

Abstract

In the aftermath of natural disasters and other catastrophes, social media usage has been reported to boost. Understanding how social media works is critical for the scientific community to advance our capacities and build a more buoyant society. With social media communication, the research community may communicate more quickly around the globe to disseminate the most important outcomes of disease, leading to a faster information transfer time to other medical professionals. It's important to organize research and information in this era of uncertainty and deliberate fake news. During the global epidemic of 2020, social media has developed into an accomplice as well as a potential threat(Anwar, Malik, Raees, - Anwar, 2020). It may be challenging for healthcare providers to discern truth from chaos when a significant volume of data is packed into a short period. One of social media's current flaws is its ability to quickly disseminate incorrect facts, which may be confounding and distracting. Researchers and professionals with advanced degrees are anticipated to be pioneers in delivering fact-based information to the general public (Chan, Nickson, Rudolph, Lee, - Joynt, 2020). Consequently, during times of distress, it is important to be pioneers in social media dialogues to give factual and helpful information and knowledge to those seeking answers.

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Published

2021-08-15