Mis- and Disinformation About Covid-19

Challenges for Health Communication


  • Sabrina Heike Kessler Department of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1858-7041
  • Philipp Schmid Media and Communication Science, University of Erfurt, Germany; Health Communication, Bernhard-Nocht-Institute for Tropical Medicine, Hamburg, Germany https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2966-0806




misinformation, disinformation, Covid-19 pandemic, prebunking, debunking


Misinformation and disinformation pose major challenges to effective health communication around the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this special issue, we present research on mis- and disinformation about Covid-19 in the European context and describe challenges and potential solutions for health communication. More specifically, the special issue features articles that analyse (a) the prevalence of mis- and disinformation beliefs about Covid-19 and their impact on individuals, as well as the drivers of these beliefs and (b) the effectiveness of potential prebunking and debunking interventions to combat mis- and disinformation. The articles demonstrate the relevance of political attitudes and media use as significant predictors of belief in health misinformation and tested a variety of effective interventions– from pausing to think critically to detailed debunking. Together, the collection of articles serves to support the evidence-based efforts of international organisations, governments, social media technology companies, and major academic institutions to address the problem of health mis- and disinformation.




How to Cite

Kessler, S. H., & Schmid, P. (2022). Mis- and Disinformation About Covid-19: Challenges for Health Communication. European Journal of Health Communication, 3(2), I-VI. https://doi.org/10.47368/ejhc.2022.200