Two years of COVID-19 response have contributed to increased stress and burnout, as well as post-traumatic stress symptoms among public health workers across the country. A recent report from the de Beaumont Foundation shows more than half of public health employees report at least one symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder according to a national survey.
This STAT article suggests that the decrease in public trust for U.S. public health agencies during the pandemic clarifies that public health needs a new philosophy for risk communication, and a new mantra to go with it.
According to a new de Beaumont Foundation study, Americans who consider social media influential on their perceptions about COVID-19 are far more likely than the general population to believe false and misleading information about the virus.
Conspiracy theorists’ disinformation has led to the deaths of thousands of Americans every week by discouraging COVID-19 vaccinations. That toll will end up being a tiny fraction of the anti-vax movement’s body count. This recent LA Times OpEd argues that even when this pandemic is over, an energized base of anti-vaxxers will lead to more deaths for years to come.
Over a year into the biggest vaccination campaign in history, more than 10.6 billion doses have been administered across 184 countries, according to data collected by Bloomberg. The latest rate was roughly 29.2 million doses a day.
Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: 6 in 10 parents of teens and one-third of parents of 5-11 year-olds say their child is vaccinated for COVID-19.