Currently, accurate and effective public health communication is urgently needed to prevent COVID-19 spread and to increase awareness in high-risk communities (such as Hispanic/Latino adults with diabetes) about the urgency of vaccination. Misinformation can harm health. For example, false information can increase the spread of COVID-19 by influencing if and how people use prevention strategies like wearing masks and physical distancing. Often, it is hard to know what is false information and what is true because information can come from many different sources and is never labeled as misinformation. Some experts suggest a “find and replace” strategy to correct misinformation: find misinformation, explain why it is false, and repeat accurate information. One way is for health organizations to work with digital and social media platforms to address false information and promote accurate health updates. Here at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, it is our priority to provide the most up-to-date and accurate COVID-19 information backed by science. To do so, SDRI experts select the most recent and relevant articles from credible sources and make the content understandable to the general public in both English and Spanish. Websites like this one are powerful tools to engage the public and play an essential role in public health preparedness, response, and recovery.
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