Coronavirus (867) Immediate, coordinated action is needed to maintain the integrity and credibility of professional expertise and rebuild public trust

30 July, 2020

Citation, extracts and a comment from me below.

CITATION: Editorial| volume 20, issue 8, p875, august 01, 2020

The COVID-19 infodemic

The Lancet Infectious Diseases

Published: July 17, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30565-X

EXTRACTS

Fake news, misinformation, and conspiracy theories have become prevalent in the age of social media and have skyrocketed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic...

A state of affairs cannot continue where, for example, the very existence of the COVID-19 pandemic is denied. Immediate, coordinated action is needed from the global political, corporate, and scientific community to maintain the integrity and credibility of professional expertise and rebuild public trust.

COMMENT

I agree with the conclusion of this editorial: 'Immediate, coordinated action is needed from the global political, corporate, and scientific community to maintain the integrity and credibility of professional expertise and rebuild public trust.'

The recent WHO Infodemiology Conference was important but did not go nearly far enough in depth nor breadth. One of the main outcomes for the conference was the proposal to set up a community of practice. A holistic approach is needed for this, linking existing and new CoPs at various levels, with progressively broader remits. HIFA stands ready to be part of such a network of networks.

Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages in collaboration with WHO. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org