Cross-Country Comparison of Public Awareness, Rumors, and Behavioral Responses to the COVID-19 Epidemic: Infodemiology Study

Understanding public behavioural responses to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic and the accompanying infodemic is crucial to controlling the epidemic. Our comparative study highlights the urgent need for international coordination to promote mutual learning about epidemic characteristics and effective control measures as well as to trigger early and timely responses in individual countries. Early release of official guidelines and timely clarification of rumours led by governments is necessary to guide the public to take rational action.

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Year of publication: 2020

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Content type:  Case study
Areas of work: Monitoring and evaluation, Social science
Region: Global

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