In an article on HCPLive, Josh Weiner, the president and CEO at Solutionreach, looks at the spread of dangerous misinformation around COVID-19 and how to help stop it.
"There are absurd claims that some races are not susceptible to the virus and won’t get sick," explains Weiner. "Or that if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds without pain, you don’t have the virus. And while healthcare professionals may shake their heads at such tales, studies show that nearly everyone is susceptible to believing misinformation if presented in the right way. Unfortunately, when people read—and trust—misinformation like this, they may not take real preventive measures seriously. Believing they are already safe, they are less likely to follow social distancing recommendations or even wash their hands."
This problem puts people at risk, and healthcare organizations can play an important role in helping to combat this issue. Weiner provides several suggestions on how to best do this in the full article on HCPLive.