The pathologist and Director of Health of the Hellenic Air Force, Lieutenant General Dimitris Chatzigeorgiou, advised the citizens to be careful about the sources of information about the coronaios during the briefing on the progress of the pandemic in our country.
Mr Hatzigeorgiou even referred to a Canadian study that was done especially for YouTube and scientific competence in the most popular videos for the coronaio. As it emerged from them, 27.5%, ie more than 1/3, contained untrue and unscientific information about the coronary artery.
The findings of the Canadian research are detailed
The study was led by Heidi Oi-Yi-Li of the Medical School of the Canadian University of Ottawa. The scientific publication was published in the British medical journal BMJ Global Health.
The scientists concluded that misinformation on public health issues during the current pandemic is much more extensive than in similar cases in the past (H1N1 flu pandemic, Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks). More than one in four videos, among the most popular on YouTube, contain misleading or inaccurate information about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and Covid-19 disease, according to the first study of its kind.
The 69 videos that were analyzed (with a total of almost 258 million views), were put under the “microscope” regarding the information they provide about the symptoms of the disease, the way it spreads, the possible treatments, its epidemiology, etc. Unfortunately, scientific and official (from health authorities) videos, while found to be more accurate and useful, are not very popular.
It was found that 19 of the 69 most popular videos (27.5%), which had a total of 62 million views, contained misleading or inaccurate information. For example, they claim that pharmaceutical companies have already found a cure for coronavirus but refuse to market it (why?), That in some countries more lethal coronary strains are circulating than in others. as well as all sorts of outrageous conspiracy theories, but also racist comments.
Use health professionals on YouTube
Researchers have suggested a “particularly worrying situation, given the enormous spectacle of these videos.” “Training and public participation are vital to the management of this pandemic, in order to ensure that the public understands and therefore adheres to public health measures,” they said. They add that “YouTube is a powerful unused educational tool that needs to be recruited by health professionals.”
The study notes that while there is good quality information available on YouTube from government agencies and international organizations, it is often difficult to understand and not popular with users, making it unpopular.