#ScienceUpFirst: TOGETHER AGAINST MISINFORMATION
Let’s make following science-informed facts a trend!
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a marked rise in misinformation and conspiracy theories related to COVID-19 vaccines, virus transmission, health information and governments’ response. The WHO has called this a global infodemic. Nationally, almost half of Canadians may believe one or more COVID-19 related conspiracy theories.
Conspiracy theories and misinformation are rapidly spread on social media and represent a threat to health and safety. This results in poor public health response, destruction of property and threats to life. They create a chaotic information environment, making it difficult to tease out sense from nonsense. These false messages require immediate and effective evidence based responses.
#ScienceUpFirst addresses the urgent need for national cooperation.
A team of independent scientists, researchers, information experts, health care providers and science communicators are working collaboratively, to create and disseminate best in class health-related information for the general public.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Absolutely everyone is welcome. All you need to participate is a social media account and an email address if you would like to be more involved.
Through #ScienceUpFirst we are inviting everyone to consider the available science first before sharing content online. We also hope to inspire people to amplify the distribution of science-informed content. #ScienceUpFirst is both good practice and a call to action!
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The CASC office is situated in Robinson Huron Treaty territory and the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. We pay respect to their traditions, ways of knowing and acknowledge their many contributions to the innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Clearly and overtly this gratitude must be demonstrated in our collective commitment to truth and reconciliation, by working to transform existing relationships, with open dialogue, mutual understanding and respectful collaborations