Infodemic! Is Misinformation Killing Us?
11:00am - 12:15pm EST
Grab a warm drink and join Let's Talk Science for our free Coffee and Keynote professional learning series for Canadian educators every Saturday in March. Join us as we welcome Timothy Caulfield for his keynote, Infodemic! Is Misinformation Killing Us?.
Cow urine, bleach, and cocaine have all been recommended as COVID-19 cures — all nonsense. The pandemic has been cast as a leaked bioweapon, a byproduct of 5G wireless technology, and a political hoax — all poppycock. And countless wellness gurus and alternative-medicine practitioners have pushed unproven potions, pills, and practices as ways to “boost” the immune system. Misinformation is absolutely everywhere.
The coronavirus isn’t just a pandemic, it is an infodemic. It’s caused physical harm and financial loss; added confusion and distraction to an already chaotic environment; and made it even more difficult to implement the needed health policy initiatives.
How does this misinformation spread? Why do people believe it? What can we do as individuals and a community to fight back? Who can we trust? In this provocative presentation, Professor Timothy Caulfield will explore these questions and more.
The presentation will be approximately 40 minutes, followed by a 30 minute Q&A hosted by Dr. Alec Couros.
Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivalled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector — from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine — for the benefit of the public and decision-makers. He is a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy, a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and a research director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta.