- A study by Penn State researchers finds that people who got health information from TV news during the early days of COVID-19 were the most misinformed.
- The second least knowledgeable group were those who got their information from Facebook.
- 42.8% of people surveyed got COVID-19 information from government health sites.
- Those who learned about COVID-19 from government sites were the most knowledgeable people surveyed.
According to Dr. Robert P. Lennon, “The rise of social media has changed the way people around the world keep up with current events, with studies showing that up to 66% of Americans rely on social media for news.”
Dr. Lennon, an author of a new paper from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, makes the case that this misunderstanding is cause for alarm.
People who relied on TV news and social media were less knowledgeable about COVID-19 than other people during the early days of the pandemic.
Says Dr. Lennon:
”This is worrying, as misinformation and misunderstanding about COVID-19 and how it spreads are likely to have fueled the pandemic, whose death toll now surpasses 2.5 million worldwide.”
The study’s conclusions also have implications for
The study appears in the peer-reviewed journal Current Medical Research & Opinion.