Infodemic Management in Iran: A Necessity to Control and response to COVID-19

Infodemic Management

  • Sara Dakhesh PhD Student in Knowledge and Information Science, Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran.
  • Mojgan Zareivenovel PhD Student in the Medical Librarianship and Information Science, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Ali Hamidi Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Library and Information Sciences, Faculty of Paramedicine, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran

Abstract

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has spread from Wuhan, China in December 2019. The world will be accompanied by a tsunami of information. Therefore, it can be stated that we have been encountered "infodemic" through the Covid-19 global crisis. “We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic”, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. COVID-19 epidemic has been spreaded in Iran, in February 2020. According to a general classifications, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoHME) of Iran actions to manage infodemic presented in five major domains; a) Releasing guidelines and protocol; b) Launching systems, websites and applications; c) Allocation of call center; d) Educational program on national TV and the Media; e) Establishment of different national campaigns. In order to have effective infodemic management, two phases are recommended; 1) Disseminate accurate and timely information through official channels and resources. 2) Educate the necessary skills to the information stakeholders. These skills include information literacy, media literacy, and health literacy.
Published
2020-09-12
Section
Editorial Note