COVID-19: Misinformation, medical literacy, and the coronavirus

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Published: 7 May 2020
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Dr Bishal Gyawali - Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

Dr Bishal Gyawali speaks to ecancer about statistical and medical literacy amongst the public.

He frames this around the coronavirus pandemic, where there has been a lot of misinformation perpetuated by social media.

Dr Gyawali highlights how important it is for the public to be properly educated on not just the basic principles of science, but moreover the process of article publication to understand what constitutes a valid piece of scientific literature.

He ends by discussing how this situation can be improved, putting the onus on education within schools and also personal responsibility when quoting sources.