The coronavirus is spreading, and so is the panic-inducing media coverage.

As Neal Rothschild and Sara Fischer write in Axios, “Many of the coronavirus stories getting shared the most on social media are packaged to drive fear rather than build understanding about the illness.” 

As coverage of the virus has taken over the internet and social media feeds, myths, misinformation and sensational headlines are proliferating. Google searches for coronavirus have increased 8x and social media interactions have increased 7x, Rothschild and Fischer report.

Joshua Klapow, Ph.D., an associate professor of public health at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, shared his advice: take a break from media. 

“You have to stop scouring social media and the internet for the latest twists and turns,” Klapow told TODAY

Read the full Axios article here.


  • Gregory Beyer

    Director of Content Strategy, Thrive Global

    Greg is Thrive Global’s Director of Content Strategy. Previously, he worked at The Huffington Post as senior editor to Arianna Huffington, while also overseeing features coverage. Greg studied English and creative writing at Colgate University and journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. His writing and reporting have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.