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HyderabadICMR-NIN launches online survey on infodemic during Covid-19 pandemic

ICMR-NIN launches online survey on infodemic during Covid-19 pandemic

Published: 28th May 2021 9:06 pm

Hyderabad: The ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition has launched an online e-survey to assess the impact of abundance of food and nutrition-related information on web search behaviors, nutrition related knowledge, attitude and practices as well as real and perceived food scares among the people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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An NIN press release said that during the pandemic, internet usage had accelerated globally and there were concerns about the ‘epidemic’ of misinformation spreading through social media termed as infodemic’.

“In India, while internet and social media are being used extensively as the means of risk communication by the governments, health agencies, media houses and other stakeholders, quite often misinformation and rumours from unreliable sources have been making their way through them creating confusions, panic and concern among common people,” said Dr Hemalatha R, Director ICMR-NIN.

The study is designed to understand the online information seeking behaviour of Indian internet users related of food and nutrition during different phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in India; impact of the top trending information on food-related topics on the perception, knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP) among Indians during the pandemic. The survey is available online and NIN has requested all regular internet users across the country above 18 years to take part in the survey. The 10-minute survey can be accessed at:

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