COVID-19

Health scares and disease outbreaks have been accompanied by misinformation narratives throughout history, and the outbreak of novel coronavirus in late 2019 is no exception. This research topic explores intersections between misinformation, science, fear, and public health.

Live Research Review

The collision between a global pandemic and a world with global connectivity may be unprecedented, but scientists have a long tradition of trying to understand how societies respond to crisis. This research review examines the intersections of misinformation and public health, and explores how humans make sense of emergencies.

Teaching & Learning

Explore course modules, handouts, teaching tools and syllabi about dis- and misinformation.

Latest News on COVID-19

This commentary tackles the complex struggles faced by Arab women, including multiple layers of invisibility, marginalization and inequality,[1] all of which have significantly worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. This examination includes a special focus on how and why the “digital divide,” defined as the gap between the technological haves and have-nots, has been a major […]

As public health officials raise alarms about surging coronavirus cases among young people, new research suggests that Americans under 25 are most likely to believe virus-related misinformation about the severity of the disease and how it originated. […] Source: Young People More Likely to Believe Virus Misinformation, Study Says – The New York Times

From August 7 to 26 a group of researchers from Northeastern University, Harvard University, Rutgers University, and Northwestern University conducted their ninth wave of a large, 50-state survey. They surveyed 21,196 individuals across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. This was the ninth in a series of surveys we have been conducting since […]

In early March, when the true scope of the coronavirus pandemic was still widely unknown to the public, misinformation was rampant on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. A recent study examined two early pandemic myths. Researchers from three universities, including Joseph McGlynn, an assistant professor at the University of North Texas’ Department of […]

As efforts to develop and test a COVID-19 vaccine spur debate around the timing and release of a federally approved vaccine, the share of Americans who say they would get vaccinated for the coronavirus has declined sharply since earlier this year. About half of U.S. adults (51%) now say they would definitely or probably get […]