Coronavirus (1050) BBC: How my mum became a conspiracy theory influencer (4) Health literacy and susceptibility to misinformation

26 October, 2020

Dear Mark,

So very well expressed.

You and Neil have raised an interesting point about health literacy which has been raised on this forum before in relation to Covid-19.

Just this morning I received two separate Facebook messages from two senior GPs spreading just such Covid-19 videos. (I notice that these messages now come to me first to check authenticity before they're posted on Facebook!)

One thing I've noticed is that some people get bamboozled by well-produced videos, not realising that it's fairly simple to produce a quality video at home these days if you have the right software and hardware.

Just as it's going to take a fair bit of effort and be a long process to tackle Covid-19, it's probably going to be a long process to tackle the infodemic.

Best wishes

Julie

HIFA profile: Julie N Reza is a UK-based specialist in communications for biosciences, global health & international development (www.globalbiomedia.co.uk). She predominantly works with NGOs and not-for-profit organisations. Previously she was the senior science editor at TDR, based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva; prior to this she worked at the Wellcome Trust, UK, leading educational projects on international health topics including trypanosomiasis and trachoma. She has a PhD in immunology and a specialist degree in science communication. She also has several years research and postgraduate teaching experience. She is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and HIFA Social Media Working Group. www.hifa.org/people/steering-group

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