Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

February 20, 2020

Tracking online heroisation and blame in epidemics



  • Atlani-Duault et al. report that the COVID-19 outbreak is giving rise to worldwide anxieties, rumors, and online misinformation. They advocate gathering data on local perceptions to help public authorities mount a more robust response and better targeted health communication strategies to identify and counter attempts to blame, scapegoat, and spread misinformation 

Atlani-Duault et al. (Feb 18, 2020). Tracking online heroisation and blame in epidemics. The Lancet.