Communicating health and science to the public: a role for scientists and academic researchers
Keywords:COVID-19, health communication, science communication, media, journalism, scientist, academic researcher
As seen through the COVID-19 pandemic, effective and impactful communications are the cornerstone to improved public health. Communications increase awareness about a health issue or solution and play a significant role in shifting social norms by influencing attitudes. However, scientists and academic researchers remain separate from the journalists and media that report to the wider community. We provide our perspective on the need to merge and weave the media and science worlds together for greater impact.