Understanding and neutralising covid-19 misinformation and disinformation

Key messagesResearch on the political and commercial determinants of health points to the importance of understanding how evidence is generated and promulgatedDuring the covid-19 pandemic, several groups have been active in opposing evidence based public health measuresA rapid rise in misinformation and disinformation in digital and physical environments over a short period is called an “infodemic”Active management of infodemics must form part of a comprehensive pandemic responseFurther investigations into the social and public health effects of misinformation groups are needed to inform policyMuch rests on the public inquiry into the UK’s preparedness and response to the covid-19 pandemic (https://covid19.public-inquiry.uk/), with organisations and individuals scrutinised about the advice they gave and the decisions they made. The discussion will likely centre on the science, but it will also consider ideology, in particular the relation between individuals, society, and the state. When is it justifiable to impose restrictions on one group of people…
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