Fake news in the time of coronavirus: how big is the threat? | Hugo Mercier

People assume that we ’re vulnerable to false information. But even in times of crisis, common sense usually prevails• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageIn times of crisis, misinformation abounds. Covid-19 can be cured by ingestingfish-tank cleaning products. Coronavirus was developed in Chinese (or American, or French) labs.Cristiano Ronaldo and the pope tested positive.Why does misinformation flourish? Does all this fake news mean that people are hopelessly gullible, their anxiety making them receptive to the most blatant baloney?Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Infectious diseases Science World news Social media Digital media Medical research WhatsApp Technology Source Type: news

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The pandemy of new coronavirus (COVID-19) and its spread to other geographical areas has become a major concern for health care providers around the world in recent months after the outbreak in Wuhan, China (Zandifar&Badrfam, 2020).
Source: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Source Type: research
In December 2019, an outbreak of new coronavirus pneumonia occurred in Wuhan, Hubei, China1. The rapid increase in confirmed cases and deaths has created problems such as stress, anxiety and depression in the general population2. On March 14th, the Spanish Government declared a state of emergency. In the case of the COVID-19 outbreak, the first waves of epidemiological data show that it disproportionately affects older people (as reported in China) but currently, relatively little is known about its wider impact on mental health3.
Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: research
This study aimed to examine COVID-19-related risk perceptions, knowledge, and information sources among prenatal and postnatal Chinese women during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Women and Birth - Category: Midwifery Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsWe need to pay more attention to public psychological stress, especially among young people, as they are likely to experience anxiety, depression, and psychological abnormalities. Different psychological interventions could be formulated according to the psychological characteristics of different gender and age groups. The majority of respondents followed specific behaviors required by the authorities, but it will take time to observe the effects of these behaviors on the epidemic.
Source: Infectious Diseases of Poverty - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis psychological support system can be easily duplicated and seems to benefit all hospital professions that all appeared psychologically affected.
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Children whose parents work on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak worry about jobs they say are important but hazardous.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Epidemics Parenting Workplace Hazards and Violations Anxiety and Stress Quarantine (Life and Culture) Hospitals Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: Lung function abnormalities, psychological impairment and reduced exercise capacity were common in SARS and MERS survivors. Clinicians should anticipate and investigate similar long-term outcomes in COVID-19 survivors. PMID: 32449782 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: J Rehabil Med Source Type: research
The question is not whether the prime minister will forgive his adviser, but whether people will forgive this government for failing to keep us safeWe must shield the vulnerable. This is what most of us have understood for the past 10 weeks. Most families have been split apart, often in dire circumstances. For adults and parents of children with compromised immune systems, this remains a frightening time. To be in touch with your own vulnerability is profoundly unsettling. Even on a sunny day, the mood you detect is one of anxiety. “Let’s have a socially distanced picnic and pretend it’s all OK,” is...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: Dominic Cummings Boris Johnson Politics UK news Coronavirus outbreak Science World news Source Type: news
The global novel coronavirus pandemic afflicting everyone is showing mixed signs of activity. In some countries it appears to be easing, while in others it appears to be experiencing a resurgence. It’s not at all clear when the pandemic will end, but it’s unlikely to do so before 2021. What has become increasingly clear is that the toll of the pandemic will impact more than the people who come down with COVID-19. The mental health impact of living with a pandemic is being mostly ignored — for now. But as the deaths continue to rise, we need to pay close attention to the cost of the pandemic’s reperc...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: General Grief and Loss Health-related Mental Health and Wellness Policy and Advocacy coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: blogs
i Wan It has been three months since the first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Hong Kong, and people now have a more complete picture of the extent of the pandemic. Therefore, it is time to evaluate the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health. The current population-based study aimed to evaluate the depression and anxiety of people in Hong Kong during the COVID-19 pandemic. Respondents were randomly recruited and asked to complete a structured questionnaire, including the patient health questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), the generalized anxiety disorder-7 (GAD-7), the global rating of change scale and items...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
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