Social Media and the New World of Scientific Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Simon Pollett, Caitlin Rivers

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Abstract

The human and social toll of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has already spurred several major public health "lessons learned,"and the theme of effective and responsible scientific communication is among them. We propose that Twitter has played a fundamental-but often precarious-role in permitting real-time global communication between scientists during the COVID-19 epidemic, on a scale not seen before. Here, we discuss 3 key facets to Twitter-enabled scientific exchange during public health emergencies, including some major drawbacks. This discussion also serves as a succinct primer on some of the pivotal epidemiological analyses (and their communication) during the early phases of the COVID-19 outbreak, as seen through the lens of a Twitter feed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2184-2186
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume71
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Twitter
  • scientific communication
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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