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New COVID-19 survey to help navigate ‘information pandemic’

Australians are invited to take part in a new national COVID-19 survey designed to help people through the coronavirus “information pandemic” and make informed choices about protective measures.   

Dr Tambri Housen, from the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at The Australian National University (ANU), says the survey is being launched in an effort to find out what people know about COVID-19 and help improve health guidance to protect the public. 

“We want to make sure that people receive the correct information so they can make informed decisions about how to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19,” Dr Housen said. 

“There is an overwhelming amount of information about coronavirus and a lot of it is helping spread misinformation – which leaves the population at greater risk.   

“The survey will help us grasp what gaps exist in public communications, as well as correct any misinformation.” 

It is hoped the anonymous online survey will provide a snapshot of common beliefs and practices around COVID-19. It will also show how the public are sourcing information about the virus. 

“We need to know what people understand and believe about COVID-19 to improve risk messaging,” Dr Housen said. 

“This is a chance to ensure Australians have accurate information about protecting their health during this pandemic.” 

Due to the ever-changing situation, three surveys will be released to track changing conditions. 

“This study will help us produce the most comprehensive and accurate data sets of community understanding at all stages of COVID-19.”  

The survey can be accessed here

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