Ebola has gone from a relatively rare African disease to a worldwide health scare in a matter of months. Looking at Twitter alone, one might think the virus is truly everywhere with the popularity of hashtags like #Ebola and #EbolaOutbreak painting an ominous picture of the disease’s potential to wreak havoc on a global scale. A quick search of MDigitalLife‘s physician database reveals that doctors have been particularly active in bringing clarity and perspective to this epidemic using their own social media channels.
A quick glance at physician’s most shared links offer us some insight as to what information about Ebola doctor’s feel is most relevant to their followers. One thing many of these articles appear to have in common is they tend to shed light on our ability to manage the disease in the U.S. The media frenzy associated with Ebola has sparked a storm of misinformation about the disease, so it makes perfect sense that physicians would be inclined to correct this. One thing is clear, physicians are watching this unfold very closely and it will be very interesting to see how their content changes as the story develops.
If you are curious, here are links to the top shared articles:
- 7 Ways US Journalists Can Cover the Ebola Epidemic Better (All Digitocracy)
- The Ebola Epidemic is Stoppable (New Yorker)
- No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola? (NPR)
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