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How Public Officials Utilize News Sources to Spread Health Information
In emergency situations, it is imperative to inform the public with as quickly as possible in order to avoid potential hazards. Therefore, government officials have being relying on not only traditional news sources such as newspapers and local television news stations, but have expanded to using social networks to spread necessary information. In times of crisis, various community partners will work together to execute an effective response. These partners include everything from local hospitals to schools. By using a connected network, they are able to spread information amongst each other and form a mode of action that addresses the danger.
In 2009, the H1N1 virus was detected and was announced a pandemic by the World Health Organization. While it was originally discovered in California, within 11 days it was announced as a public health emergency and in under a day this information spread to 47 state websites and most public health department sites. During the entirety of the pandemic, news sources were constantly updated to ensure that the public was aware of the changes and spreading of the virus. Law enforcement officials guarded the public vaccine supplies and made sure that eligible populations who wished to receive that vaccination had the opportunity.
Clear, consistent, and informative news updates are important to keep public worries low and to build trust. Panic can spread like wildfire if officials do not communicate effectively to the public. To avoid confusion, local authorities must avoid presenting misleading information and make sure that the community is informed of all that it needs to know.
Watch MDTV to learn more about emergency preparedness. Find out what strategies local health officials are using in your area to spread information and keeping the public updated. MDTV is a nonprofit company that provides the public with essential disease education. The relayed information is designed to raise awareness about current health related risks.
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