Outbreak Risk Communication: The Role of the Media
Invited presentation to the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Virus Diseases-World Health Organization virtual conference on “COVID-19, Influenza, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): Surveillance-informed Prevention and Treatment.”
Abstract: As a result of the real and potential harm they bring, infectious disease outbreaks often attract, as well as benefit from, news media attention and coverage.Some infectious disease outbreaks, as well as public health responses and recommendations, receive significant and ongoing attention, while others receive relatively little media attention and coverage. However, it is usually the case that public health agencies, medical and scientific entities, and individuals involved in preparing for and responding to respiratory infectious disease outbreaks will need to proactively and reactively engage with the media. Using examples from influenza, RVS, and COVID-19, this presentation overviewed the major roles that media, particularly news media, play when it comes to infectious disease outbreaks. The overview included highlighting how those roles intersect with public health efforts, particularly those involving recommendations, policies, and communication.
Mask-wearing as an Unspoken Statement of One’s Identity during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Abstract: Interpreting a facemask as an unspoken statement of one’s identity during the COVID-19 pandemic based on product symbolism theory, the present study examines the relationships among one’s trust in […]
Proposal Title: “Improving Infectious Disease Models with Longitudinal Surveys of Health Decision Making Preferences and Influences.”
Abstract: The objective of this project is to create more reliable infectious disease models that are informed by social science regarding health-related preferences, perceptions and intentions/behaviors. This project will design […]