Special Issue "COVID-19 Global Threat: Information or Panic"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Communication".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2020.
Interests: health communication; tourism communication; communication and social media; influencers on social media; institutional communication; stakeholder engagement
Interests: Communication and Social Media; Corporate reputation; Health Communication; Smart Tourism Destination; Influencers on Social Media
Interests: Communication and Social Media; Evaluation of the impact of social media ; Empowerment of consumers; New scenarios of consumption, Trust and co-creation environment; Involvement of stakeholders
Interests: Opinion Mining; Sentiment Analysis; Consistency; Aggregation operators; Medical Diagnostic
Health communication plays an important role for citizens. Society is increasingly using the Internet to obtain health information, share experiences related to pathological processes, or meet people with similar physical or psychological conditions. As information and communication technologies are being used in the field of health, terms such as e-patient or e-health are widely used. It demonstrates that citizens are aware of health topics and actively participate in the decision-making process and discussion in health issues. Social networks play a relevant role in this sense, with a progressive increase in their use in the health field. Factors such as accessibility, immediacy, or their potential to communicate bidirectionally with different audiences allow for active communication. Public health organizations face challenges in communication through traditional media and social networks and using them to promote interaction and collaboration between patients, families, and health professionals. However, the democratization of information through social media in the field of health means that social networks, blogs, or mobile social media have developed peer communication with an increasingly participative audience but above all, it has also made it more credible. Therefore, it confers greater communicational power to citizens and professionals in the sector when their messages reach a greater number of people. An increasing number of messages disseminated by social networks and mobile social networks are false and users do not contrast them when receiving them from friends or acquaintances. In the case of COVID-19, facts, not fear, will stop it, but how should public health organizations report it? Currently, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the public health organizations of all countries are reporting the measures to be taken against the virus, each country has its own information and communication strategies. At the same time, it is a topic of special interest for the media that open their news with the situation of the COVID-19 in the world and their own countries. In this panorama of world crisis, the over-information that citizens receive through mass media and social networks is a key factor. Millions of messages are transmitted containing inaccurate information, creating moments of uncertainty, panic, and, in many cases, even xenophobia against other citizens, such as Chinese or Italians. To fight against xenophobia, the #IamNotAVirus has been used, in different languages, to try to raise awareness so that citizens are not discriminated against because of their race or home country. This Special Issue will analyze the communicative phenomenon that is happening in the world with respect to COVID-19 with articles of communication and health exploring the different information strategies that public health organizations use and the effects of fake news on social networks.
Dr. Carlos de las Heras-Pedrosa
Dr. Carmen Jambrino-Maldonado
Dr. Patricia P. Iglesias-Sánchez
Dr. José Ignacio Peláez-Sánchez
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- health communication
- social media
- social networks
- influencers on social media
- fake news