Epidemiologists: 5 ways to determine accurate coronavirus information

  • Dr. Syra Madad is an infectious disease epidemiologist in NYC, Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and member of the COVID19 Taskforce at the Federation of American Scientists.
  • She says that disease outbreaks are often accompanied by infodemic, where unreliable information spreads quickly.
  • As a public health expert, she says that she always has to fight the “contagion of misinformation” — but there are ways for people to vet their sources.
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Infectious disease outbreaks often come in parallel with the rise of infodemic – the rapid spread of information that is typically unreliable and not based on scientific merit. 

We live in a society of instant gratification – we want information at our fingertips and leverage all forms of technology and platforms from social media networks to blogs and news outlets to word of mouth. 

But the problem

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