The term “infodemic”, first coined by Gunther Eysenbach in 2002, refers to the rapid, large-scale dissemination of all kinds of health information and misinformation through a variety of media and information channels.
The term is apt because the global consequences of this mode of information dissemination, which results in an overabundance of information, some of it accurate and some not, resembles the transmission of a pandemic.
The current COVID-19-related infodemic is of such significance that the World Health Organization has created Mythbusters to help stop the spread of misinformation, and multiple disciplines are collaborating in a new field of research – infodemiology – to combat this infodemic.
How can the library and information field respond? The Naseej Academy and Mortenson Center for International Library Programs will present a two-hour webinar on the infodemic during the COVID-19 pandemic for library and information specialists.