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Social media platforms have been instrumental in allowing misinformation and distrust to proliferate, hindering the fight against theas well as contributing to deeply cut social and political divides, and an insurrection on the Capitol.
As a community nurse in and around Chicago, I have been personally and professionally thrust into the role of social media fact checker for my patients. I live in the intersection between health care, science, and a misinformed public.
I don my often-painful N95 mask, tie my hair back, and evaluate patients every day. I field patient questions about microchipped syringes, and offer overly-simplified explanations about the bureaucratic logistics of scientific research and vaccine development. In moments I attempt to educate patients on cell biology, immunology, and microbiology — subjects I’ve taken years to study.
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While cases and hospitalization of COVID-19 patients havearound the country, the threat of infection remains an ever-present reality. Public confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine is , but not improving fast enough.
A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that of those who were surveyed, 44% expressed vaccine hesitancy and among that group, social media was cited as a main source of vaccine information. The poll also found only 31% of respondents said they get “a fair amount of information” from nurses, doctors, and other health care providers. While patient education is a central tenant of a nurse’s job, the rampant spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories have made the task more difficult.
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In a recent interview, Dr. Fauci said you don't have to wipe down packages and food after coming home from the grocery store—just wash your hands.But the question of whether or not the virus can be transmitted on the groceries is being asked again, and the White House's coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci is setting the record straight.
Fueling fear and doubt
Recent news demonstrates nurses and doctors are not immune to misinformation. Last December, an Oregon doctor’s license wasfor refusing to wear a face mask. Just last month, four nurses in Kansas to administer the vaccine, citing misinformation as justification for their refusal. These types of actions from trusted medical professionals have only fueled public fear and doubt.
While misinformation remains pervasive in its most nefarious forms online, more innocuous inaccuracies have flourished, too. My Instagram feed is filled with stories and posts from my health care worker friends and colleagues promoting vaccine acceptance and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. My colleagues, many of whom have pursued rigorous years of study and training to become health care workers, frequently repost attractive, clean-lined, millennial-art styled infographics on health promotion and the dangers of COVID-19.
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Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, testing was touted as a way to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.And yet, as we approach a year later, many people believe testing still isn't as robust as it should be.So in Philadelphia, the restaurant industry is taking matters into their own hands.A local industry group is planning to offer free, weekly COVID testing for hospitality workers and their families.The group, called Save Philly Restaurants, has pooled its resources for the project, which will begin testing on January 7th.The coalition includes about 50 restaurateurs, with funding also coming via the CARES Act.
But in the summer of 2020, while swiping through Instagram, I noticed one infographic posted by a nurse colleague. It featured six stylized images of masked and unmasked faces; each face featured a percentage of COVID-19 transmission risk depending on the mask combination. My immediate impulse was to repost it, but the percentages written on the image didn’t seem accurate, so I decided to dig deeper. It took one quick Google search to realize that these percentages — while well-intended —.
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Studies aroundhave often concluded that fear, anxiety and risk perception sway individuals to make instinctive, autonomic decisions about their health and self-protection. The ease with which healthcare workers can unthinkingly repost and retweet self-affirming health content is enticing, and therefore, extremely dangerous.
For this reason,across the nation are taking an active role in impeding misinformation or CDC guideline violations by physicians and other providers with penalty of revoking their license. For instance, at least one hospital on a nurse who actively flout social distancing guidelines on social media.
This Soda Company May Be Interfering With Nutrition Studies, Report Finds
A new study shows that Coca-Cola and many other major food and beverage brands are guilty of interfering with nutritional studies.New research detailed in the journal PLOS ONE found that 13.4% of 1,461 studies published in the top 10 nutrition journals in 2018 had food industry involvement. This presents a conflict of interest, as these types of studies tend to produce results in favor of that food business, which could potentially mislead you, the consumer.
Health care workers, do your part
Fear of professional retribution should not be the only thing stopping health care workers from spreading lies and misinformation. In the context of this global pandemic, reposting health misinformation on a whim can be especially dangerous for a trusted medical professional to do.
Whether fair or not, the reality of being a health care worker is to be trusted to make the best decisions for the health of the community, both in our private and public lives. Reposting inaccurate information on social media, no matter how seemingly harmless, can erode public trust and professional credibility.
There are manythat exist to do just that, including step-by-step guides on how to distinguish fact from fiction. Among other strategies to recognize fake news, check for spelling errors or consider the information’s effort to appeal to emotions.
It is not uncommon for a friend or family member to connect with me on social media to ask for my medical opinion. I’ve answered questions ranging from what is appropriate footwear for back pain, to precautions to take if someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
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Some chefs agree with Gordon's assessment that thick gravy is bad and thin gravy is good, but others say there's no reason to choose between the two.Speaking with Insider's Rachel Askinasi, the celebrity chef defended the thin sauce he served with his Christmas roast dinner, which people on social media compared to "dirty dish water." In response to people who said his gravy looked too liquid-y, Ramsay said they just don't know what a "proper" gravy is.
For better or for worse, social media has the potential to intertwine private and professional lives. For this reason, nurses, doctors, and other health care workers must truly scrutinize health information that they perpetuate online.
This is more than a caveat to think before you post.
The ability to discern what is and isn’t credible on social media is a necessary tool for navigating today’s digital world. Understanding the gravity of misinformation is the crucial first step in establishing personal and professional accountability for what is posted online.
For a health care worker, failure to fact check a post on social media can not only result in professional penalties, but can also mean life or death.
Katherine Buaron, RN, has a Master of Science in Nursing and is a community health registered nurse atin Chicago and a Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd Project
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New research shows that Viagra could help men with coronary artery disease live longer by reducing their risk of new heart attack.The new study, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that men with CAD who take Viagra due to impotence (another name for ED) not only appear to live longer but they also have a reduced risk of having a new heart attack. (Related: 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet).