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Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine  2020, Vol. 21 Issue (4): 561-564     DOI: 10.31083/j.rcm.2020.04.195
Special Issue: Utilizing Technology in the COVID 19 era
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Positive and negative impact of social media in the COVID-19 era
A. Verner Venegas-Vera1, *(), Gates B Colbert2, Edgar V. Lerma3
1Division of Internal Medicine, Mexican Institute of Social Security, Merida, 97150, Yucatan, Mexico
2Division of Nephrology, Texas A&M College of Medicine at Dallas, 75246, Texas, United States
3University of Illinois at Chicago/Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, 60453, IL, United States
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Social Media usage has been shown to increase in situations of natural disaster and other crises. It is crucial for the scientific community to understand how social media works in order to enhance our capabilities and make a more resilient community. Through social media communication, the scientific community can collaborate around the globe in a faster way the most important findings of a disease, with a decreased knowledge transition time to other healthcare providers (HCPs). This is greatly important to coordinate research and knowledge during a time of uncertainty and protentional fake news. During the 2020 global pandemic, social media has become an ally but also a potential threat. High volumes of information compressed into a short period can result in overwhelmed HCPs trying to discern fact from noise. A major limitation of social media currently is the ability to quickly disseminate false information which can confuse and distract. Society relies on educated scientists and physicians to be leaders in delivering fact-based information to the public. For this reason, in times of crises it is important to be leaders in the conversation of social media to guide correct and helpful information and knowledge to the masses looking for answers.
Key words:  Social media      COVID-19      webinars      misinformation     
Submitted:  10 September 2020      Revised:  07 October 2020      Accepted:  06 December 2020      Published:  30 December 2020     
*Corresponding Author(s):  A. Verner Venegas-Vera     E-mail:

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A. Verner Venegas-Vera, Gates B Colbert, Edgar V. Lerma. Positive and negative impact of social media in the COVID-19 era. Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine, 2020, 21(4): 561-564.

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