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News | 6 September 2022

Covid-19 misinformation: Preparing for future crises

We are happy to inform you about our report “Covid-19 misinformation: preparing for future crises”. This report provides an in-depth yet focused look into the behavioural sciences literature investigating Covid-19 misinformation. While we focus on Covid-19, we stress the implications for future crises and policymakers working on different topics.  

Please find the abstract below. You can access the report under this link.

Feel free to share this report with colleagues that might be interested. 

There will be a lunchtime seminar on Thursday 29/09/2022 12:30 – 13:30, in which we will present the main insights of the report, and to which you are cordially invited. You can register via EULearn.

For any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to us. 

 

Abstract 

The goal of this report is to take stock of the early behavioural sciences literature on COVID-19 misinformation. Specifically, this report addresses the following three main questions. (1) Who was most likely to believe or share COVID-19 misinformation? (2) What were the consequences of being exposed to or believing COVID-19 misinformation? (3) Which behavioural policy interventions were effective in countering COVID-19 misinformation? In addition to addressing these core questions, the report also provides a snapshot of the narratives of COVID-19 misinformation and the prevalence and spread of this misinformation. The report provides insights into policies that can help foster societal resilience against misinformation beyond the specific case of COVID-19, thereby contributing to policy preparation for future crises.