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Dear friends and colleagues,

Last week I officially joined the Evidence for Democracy team and community. I have been welcomed by a talented team and Board of Directors, as well as an enthusiastic community of supporters. It has been a welcome like no other and I am so thankful for your support. 

Green and Blue "E" and "D" from the Evidence for Democracy logo

I am very excited to share that today we are welcoming our new Executive Director! 

Just before the holidays, I let you know I would not be returning to Evidence for Democracy following my maternity leave. After close to a decade leading E4D, it’s time for me to move on to my next adventure. I am so proud of what we have accomplished together over these years, and continue to be passionate about this work.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the overwhelming overload and complexity of health information, also referred to as an infodemic. This experience is shared by all. If scientists find themselves drowning in the “growing torrent of new scientific papers” about the disease, where does it leave the public who have to navigate more scientific terms and data than ever before? At the same time, this health crisis has highlighted the important role we all play as individuals in public health, specifically, in slowing down the spread of the virus and of misinformation.

Evidence-based response to COVID-19

Originally published March 25, 2020. 

Globally, health care workers, first responders, essential workers, public servants, and scientists are working tirelessly to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This crisis demands an evidence-based response. Informing our actions and decisions using the best available science, and mobilizing the skills and knowledge of experts will be vitally important.  To help you, we will be keeping this post updated with credible sources of information on COVID-19 and ways to take action and do your part to stop the spread. We will continue to add to this post as the situation evolves. 

Thank you to our community for providing us with these resources. Please consider submitting a comment below or sending additional resources to info@evidencefordemocracy.ca

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Survey: Perceptions of misinformation among academics

COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on the significant impact misinformation can have on our lives.