ESMT Berlin study investigates how governments inform the public about a pandemic

EurekAlert! | Mar 3, 2021 at 1:00 AM
  • Governments may be more likely to downplay the severity of COVID-19 in countries where there is a high level of economic disparity, finds new research from ESMT Berlin.
  • The researchers also found that governments are completely transparent with the data and information they have when they equally value the economy and public health and are stuck in a balancing act between the two.
  • The researchers state that the communication strategy of a government is incredibly important in ensuring that the citizens comply with whichever approach they take in terms of COVID-19 – whether that be an economy first or a public health first stance.