As the food industry and the world at large continues to battle the coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing a rapid spread of myths, misinformation, and conspiracies about the virus, especially through social media.
This online spread of disinformation about the pandemic, often dubbed an “infodemic,” is a leading cause of confusion and distrust in science, and downplays the severity of the disease and, ultimately, spreads bad information and rumors. It has also led to unsound health advice and unproven “cures,” some with fatal consequences.
In this webinar, we explore common myths and misconceptions regarding SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 and discuss the role of science and food scientists in communicating reliable, credible information to the public, and provide advice on detecting credible sources of information.
- Purnendu C. Vasavada, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Food Science, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Co-Industry Editor of Food Quality & Safety.
- Alan Kelly, PhD, Professor, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland.
Moderator: Samara E. Kuehne, Professional Editor for Food Quality & Safety.
This session is followed by a Q&A.