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6 ways: Early pandemic Covid-19 risk was expressed on social media

The Herald, Oct. 5, 2021

October 5, 2021

6 ways: Early pandemic Covid-19 risk was expressed on social media

Considering Twitter’s popularity as a major media resource for the American people, UCI scientists looked into how COVID-19 risk assessments were conveyed in posts regarding masks throughout the initial five months of the epidemic. … Thanks to Twitter, the study group was able to see how people dealt with danger throughout the epidemic. COVID-19 danger assessments were amplified and attenuated when users chronicled their encounters with links, tags, frequent references of elected figures, films, and photographs and shared them with social connections in real-time.