“Infodemic”: Too Much COVID-19 Info

“Infodemic”: Too Much COVID-19 Info

Covid-19 virus (2)Going from virtually no news about the COVID-19 pandemic to all news all the time about the pandemic in just a few months has the American public struggling to determine what information is relevant, according to Gallup. The World Health Organization has coined this phenomenon an Infodemic. In a survey performed by Gallup/Knight Foundation done between April 14-20, it was found that different segments of the population turn to different sources to best determine what is relevant. Older Americans tend to turn to the Trump Administration and their trusted news media while younger Americans tend go to health professionals. Older Americans tend to struggle less with Infodemics since it appears their patterns of information gathering is more set.