Did you know that in December 2020, 31% of people were trying to avoid news about Covid-19? This means 3 out of 10 people were trying to avoid news about Covid. This means that they won't be up to date with the current guidelines that the government is updating us about. People would need help going towards the news because they would not hear about coronavirus, for example they will not hear about easings of lockdowns if they were in a lockdown
Top Tip Number 1: Too Much News
Since the 23rd of March 2020, the Government has introduced the first National Lockdown which caused us all to tune in to the news to see when they may let us see our grandparents and other loved ones. People may be starting to worry that the government may be hiding something from us. This will lead to misinformation being spread. This can be a problem for those who can be easily tricked.
Top Tip Number 2: News sources
The news has had an impact on the Covid pandemic. If they showed too much bad news about rates and deaths then people would think about them and it could affect their mental health during the rest of their lives. As there is an epidemic going around, watch news from trusted sources such as BBC News and Sky News. Try to avoid word of mouth unless you trust whoever has told you that “interesting” piece of news.
Top Tip Number 3: Numbers in the news
Numbers in an infodemic could be crucial to give you information about what is happening, e.g. the number of deaths. An example of numbers in the news is that 4 in 10 people over 80 have had the vaccine. People can turn the saying around. For example only 40% have been vaccinated. The way the sentence is structured is the way they will side.
Top Tip Number 4: Story shapers
Story shapers can actually shape a story. They can help you understand the whole story but into little bits so people can understand the whole story.