Online information about Pandemic habits and its repercussions

  • Sara Brandão dos Santos Federal University of Maranhão
  • Viviane Sousa Ferreira Federal University of Maranhão
Keywords: Online Information; Pandemic; COVID-19.


INTRODUCTION: In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the internet has become even more important in the search for new guidelines to be followed around the world. Thus, the habits of prophylaxis, identification of symptoms and treatment gained more visibility, however the same phenomenon occurs with incomplete and unfounded news. In addition, the population needed to adhere to changes in their lifestyle and with the help of digital platforms this transformation became more enjoyable. AIM: The objective of this research is to raise scientific evidence about the explanations made on the internet about the routine changes in the current period MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a systematic literature review, in which the SCIELO, BIREME and PUBMED databases were used with the descriptors "education", "pandemic" and "online", as well as their synonyms and correspondents in English and Spanish. As an inclusion criterion, the articles should belong from the years 2015 to 2020 to be in provide on health education in times of social isolation. The exclusion criterion involves the repetition between the databases and the escape of the objective of this study. We found 351 articles, applying the inclusion and exclusion criteria, we selected 10 researches. RESULTS: The various studies found differ in relation to the reliability, quality and impact of the posts made in the virtual scope. However, there is agreement that the dissemination of information was faster, since there was the use of the word "Coronavirus" in searches frequently. Some demonstrate that the Internet has a comprehensive effect on threat assessment, since it positively affects the perception of the severity of the event and negatively in relation to information overload, as it does not allow an accurate understanding of the situation in question. In contrast, others report that there is little reliability in the information, but that the quality of their text is high, which favors the process of persuasion. There was no significant difference in those who used the Internet to cope with the situation compared to those who used other transmission vehicles. However, the effectiveness of self-isolation was stronger in those who used social media as communication channels. CONCLUSION: It is clear, therefore, that there is influence of the virtual environment, but the points that it reaches and its intensity are relative, highlighting the importance of a directed and categorical evaluation for the identification of its real relevance and future consequences.

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dos Santos, S., & Ferreira, V. (2021). Online information about Pandemic habits and its repercussions. Acta Scientiae Anatomica, 1(Suppl 2), 89-90. Retrieved from