This 2-hour online workshop will combine evidence-based research with interactive strategies to engage the participants and improve their analytical skills to counter Covid-19 misinformation.
What is covered in the workshop?
Misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories kill people. The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General has warned the world that
“We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic. Fake news spreads faster and more easily than this virus and is just as dangerous”.
Belief in misleading information and conspiracy theories has health implications: it erodes trust in scientists and governmental institutions and leads to decreased preventive behaviours and delayed treatment. Misperception about vaccines leads to the death of tens of thousands of people and threatens public health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) almost 9 out of 10 Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths occur among unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated. The reported deaths from the pandemic passed 4.6 million in September 2021. However, misinformation and conspiracy theories about it are still widespread in the world. Australia is no exception: based on the latest survey by The University of Melbourne’s Vaccine Hesitancy Tracker on August 20:
vaccine hesitancy remains well above 20% across Australia.
A survey by The Guardian and YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project also indicates that:
18 percent of Australians believe COVID-19’s fatality rate had been exaggerated
23 percent think it was developed by some powerful forces in the business world;
21 percent expressed concern about the supposedly harmful effects of vaccines being kept under wraps;
33 percent are convinced a cabal of global elite is running the world;
13 percent think the moon landing was faked; and
20 percent consider global warming a hoax.
Do your employees refuse to get Covid-19 jabs because of misleading perceptions about its alleged side effects? This short workshop will help you to overcome those mental barriers and keep all of us safe and businesses thriving.