While peer-reviewed journals are key for transmitting scientific knowledge to the public, it’s important for experts to “translate” the evidence to help ease the spread of misinformation, the authors of a recent blog post write.
The COVID-19 pandemic, they write, has shed some light on the issue.
“For example, a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine offered nuanced evidence on the virus’ ability to survive on various materials,” the authors write. “But many people in our society lack the health literacy to accurately interpret scientific information. Sensational headlines after the study’s publication didn’t explain how to apply the findings to our daily lives.”
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