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People use, trust different COVID-19 information sources depending on gender, age, and other factors

Gender, age, education level, and political affiliation predict where people turn for information about COVID-19–and what sources they use and trust is linked to differing beliefs about the pandemic, according to a new study by NYU School of Global Public Health researchers.

The findings–drawn from surveys of more than 11,000 U.S. adults during the first few months of the pandemic–are published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance.

“Our study is one of the first data-driven efforts to not only think about what is being said across different sources of COVID-19 information, but who is using what source, who is trusting what source, and what real impact this is having on knowledge and beliefs about the pandemic,” said Shahmir Ali, a doctoral student at NYU School of Global Public Health and the study’s lead author.

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