How infodemic intoxicates public health surveillance: from a big to a slow data culture
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health , Volume 76, pp 623-625; https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2021-216584
Abstract: Too much data? Too much information? The COVID-19 pandemic has made the case. The WHO coined the term ‘infodemic’ to describe the issue of overabundance of information, including misinformation, disseminated in real time via multiple channels.1 2 A related concept is ‘datademic’ to describe the overabundance of data. I argue in this essay that infodemic intoxicates public health surveillance and decision-making, and that we need to revisit how we conduct surveillance in the age of big data by fostering a slow data culture.
Keywords: public health / statistics / policy / health policy
Scifeed alert for new publicationsNever miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
- Get alerts for new papers matching your research
- Find out the new papers from selected authors
- Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
- Define your Scifeed now
Click here to see the statistics on "Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health" .