The research will disentangle the interactive influences of communications between public health agencies, other governmental stakeholders, and the public by examining their social media activities, sentiments, and concerned topics in dynamic information flow networks.
The project will illuminate how the leveraging of credible information suppresses misinformation and can moderate its adverse consequences. Further, the project will reveal how incongruous information may undermine community response goals.
RAPID’s findings will inform future risk communication strategies of virus transmission and prevention and help health and response agencies ensure that credible information predominates in social media. Better public information will reduce inappropriate behaviors, such as not practicing physical distancing, and thus limit the spread of disease and deaths.