Infodemics: A new challenge for public health

Cell. 2021 Dec 9;184(25):6010-6014. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.10.031.


The COVID-19 information epidemic, or "infodemic," demonstrates how unlimited access to information may confuse and influence behaviors during a health emergency. However, the study of infodemics is relatively new, and little is known about their relationship with epidemics management. Here, we discuss unresolved issues and propose research directions to enhance preparedness for future health crises.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / psychology*
  • Epidemics / psychology
  • Humans
  • Infodemic*
  • Information Dissemination / ethics*
  • Information Dissemination / methods
  • Public Health
  • Research / trends
  • SARS-CoV-2