Knowledge, perceptions, and preferred information sources related to COVID-19

Author: Robert P. Lennon, M.D., JD , Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, M.D. , Erin L. Miller , Bethany Snyder, MPH

Article Topics: survey research, Pennsylvania, mixed-methods, public knowledge Until there is a vaccine or a cure, information is the most powerful weapon to fight a pandemic infection. Effective communication is therefore recognized as a critical element of successfully managing a pandemic response – for the disease spread to be contained, the public must comply with public health recommendations. The first step in compliance is an understanding of those recommendations, so it is important to understand public knowledge about them. Assessing public pandemic knowledge in real time early in a pandemic has seldom been done – virtually all prior pandemic messaging studies…