COVID-19 and the Food Industry: Myths, Misconceptions & Misinformation

November 20, 2020 at 11am EST

As the food industry and the world at large continues to battle the coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing a rapid spread of myths, misinformation, and conspiracies about the virus, especially through social media. This online spread of disinformation about the pandemic, often dubbed an “infodemic,” is a leading cause of confusion and distrust in science, and downplays the severity of the disease and, ultimately, spreads bad information and rumors. It has also led to unsound health advice and unproven “cures,” some with fatal consequences. In this webinar, we will explore common myths and misconceptions regarding SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 and discuss the role of science and scientists in communicating reliable, credible information to the public, and provide advice on detecting credible sources of information.

Purnendu C. Vasavada, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Food Science, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Co-industry editor of Food Quality & Safety
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Alan Kelly, PhD
School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork Cork, Ireland
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Samara E. Kuehne
Professional Editor
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