The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked debates about a number of public health measures, including social distancing, masks, and vaccines. Social media has been the outlet for much of this conflict, and health care providers have, in many cases, been at the center of these debates, whether willing or not. Some health care providers report being targeted for publicly encouraging pandemic mitigation measures such as vaccines, masks, and distancing. In some instances, providers have been targeted on physician rating websites by opponents. In this virtual panel discussion, health care providers and policy makers will discuss these experiences and the broader impacts of social media on their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as strategies for responding to misinformation.
Introduction: Carmel Shachar, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center
Susan Benesch, Director, Dangerous Speech Project and Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center For Internet & Society
Robin Cogin, MEd, RN, NCSN, FAAN, Nationally Certified School Nurse
Shikha Jain, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Illinois Cancer Center, and CEO, IMPACT
Moderator: Stephen Wood, Visiting Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center; and Acute care nurse practitioner practicing emergency medicine, Boston, MA
Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.