How can we manage the COVID-19 infodemics? A case study targeted to health workers in Italy
Covid 19 Contents
Luigi Bertinato, Gianfranco Brambilla, Paola De Castro, Antonella Rosi, Roberto Nisini, Annarita Barbaro, Donatella Gentili, Franco Toni, Antonio Mistretta, Raffaella Bucciardini, Duilio Carusi, Aurora Angelozzi, Luca Busani, Ernesto Costabile, Patrizia Mochi, Susanna Caminada, Fabio Magurano, Silvio Brusaferro
Introduction. The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) has been asked for rapid technical and scientific advice to the State and Regions during Sars-CoV-2 pandemic preparedness. Methods. An ad hoc Working Group on Scientific Literature updates (WG SL) was set up at ISS (March-May 2020) to screen pre-prints and peer reviewed papers from arXiv, medRxiv, bioRxiv, and Pubmed to provide a real time knowledge and empirical evidence addressed to health-workers. Results. The WG SL screened a total of 4,568 pre-prints and 15,590 peer reviewed papers, delivered as daily summary report of pre-print selection for ISS President activity in the National Scientific Technical Committee framework and a weekly open access publication (COVID Contents) on peer-reviewed papers of interest for health professionals, monitored by a satisfaction questionnaire. Conclusions. Promoting heath literacy, with a cross-cutting approach is a powerful heritage of Public Health Institutes and a proven effective non pharmacological intervention.