@DearPandemic: a COVID-19-related scientific communication effort for the public

Epidemiologists and other scientists have become an important source of information for the public amid so much misinformation around COVID-19. “Dear Pandemic” is a public service effort by Dr. Sandra Albrecht, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, in conjunction with an all-female team of 10 PhD-trained public health scientists/faculty from various institutions in the US and the UK, with expertise ranging across epidemiology, demography, nursing, health policy, and mental health clinical practice, among others. Together, they interpret the latest scientific findings, respond to queries from the public, and dispel myths around the virus via their “Dear Pandemic” social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@DearPandemic).  The team comes from different walks of life, so their collective networks exhibit broad geographic, political, cultural, and racial/ethnic diversity. Originally intended as a side project to deliver science-informed content to family, friends, and neighbors, this effort has grown into a large scientific communication effort with international reach that aims to educate and amplify facts and science for the public (see this JAMA Network article which calls for such efforts: https://jamanetwork.com/channels/health-forum/fullarticle/2764847).

Follow @DearPandemic and share with family and friends:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dearpandemic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DearPandemic

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dear_pandemic/

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