Viswanath, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discussed this topic and others in a March 31, 2020 video interview with WebMD chief medical officer John Whyte.
Overall, Viswanath said, the media is doing a good job covering the pandemic. But he said there hasn’t been enough of a focus on health equity issues. “That’s what keeps me awake in the night,” he said. “The immediate consequences as well as the long-term consequences of this COVID-19 crisis will be felt by people who are less well off, whether it’s racial minorities, blue-collar workers, or daily wage laborers. And I don’t think we are paying sufficient attention to it.”
Viswanath recommended that people avoid constantly checking news about COVID-19. “If I am reading newspapers, if I am watching TV, if I am also following social media, then what I am experiencing is saturation coverage — and that’s where I begin to feel that the sky is falling,” he said.
Watch the WebMD interview: Coronavirus in Context: 3 Practical Tips to Stay Informed, Not Overwhelmed