Dr. Kasisomayajula “Vish” Viswanath, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication, recently spoke with John Whyte, WebMD’s Chief Medical Officer, in Coronavirus in Context: 3 Practical Tips to Stay Informed, Not Overwhelmed. In this video interview, Dr. Viswanath talks about the media’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to better address health-equity issues as a result of the crisis. He also offers advice in how to stay better informed during this uncertain time.
The Viswanath Lab now hosts a COVID-19 dashboard, which has been designed to provide evidence-based information, curated and collated from reliable sources on COVID-19. This dashboard includes answers to frequently asked questions, facts debunking the myths, tips for using social media, and access to trustworthy resources and data. The target audiences for this dashboard are people we have been working with for over 15 years: journalists, our community partners, NGOs, and the people we have strived to serve: underserved groups. The COVID-19 dashboard is also available in Spanish and Hindi to cater to our audiences and community partners across Massachusetts and India.