Social Media And Covid-19: An Analysis Of Internet Crisis During Covid-19 Pandemic

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Social Media And Covid-19: An Analysis Of Internet Crisis During Covid-19 Pandemic

Chapter One


Background Of The Study

COVID-19, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, is a novel viral disease that has quickly spread across the globe. It is a critical issue for public health, as well as individual and community health. Citizens expect to know what steps should be taken to contain and cure this infection, much as they do with other epidemic diseases. Because no specific control for the prevention and treatment of this disease has yet been found, early diagnosis and treatment are essential because not only can the patient get involved in the disease, but the risk of infection spread and disease occurrence also increases.As a result, the role of self-care and self-control in preventing the spread of this disease is critical. People in affected areas must learn to shield themselves from the virus’s possible threats. Staying at home, avoiding everyday physical contact, and establishing a household quarantine are some of the strategies for controlling and preventing the disease’s spread. Individuals in the city use information technology resources to increase awareness, train, and keep track of health-related issues in this regard. Information technology has been widely used in the health-care sector in recent years.

Social networking is one of the most commonly used information technology platforms in the world. Social networks are web-based tools that allow users to communicate with one another through computer systems. They allow for two-way communication. Different versions of these network tools have been developed since the development of the first version of social media, and many people consider using these networks to be an everyday routine. Instagram, Telegram, Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp are only a few of the more prominent social networking platforms and apps. This interactive networks are more useful and effective in developing new partnerships, retaining existing and past relationships, strengthening social engagement, and growing expertise and job skills. Furthermore, one of the dangers of social media is the dissemination of gossip and false facts, as well as the failure to track these networks. Many findings have shown that social media can be used effectively in educational and clinical environments.

In healthcare, it’s been used to keep or enhance peer-to-peer and clinician-to-patient contact. The current thesis was chosen as a narrative analysis based on the investigation’s topic and goal. We used the automated and authoritative search of Web of Science Core Collection, the world’s oldest citation archive, to search for and retrieve relevant documentation on June 20, 2020, by mixing appropriate keywords, such as COVID-19, coronavirus disease 2019, social network, and social media.

1.2 Statement Of The Problem

COVID-19 is a recently identified coronavirus that causes an infectious disease. Cases of COVID-19 first emerged in late December 2019, when a suspicious illness was documented in Wuhan, China. The disease’s cause was quickly identified as a novel coronavirus, and the outbreak has since spread to many countries around the world, becoming a pandemic. Several websites have posted details about COVID-19 and provided users various instructions about how to deter the virus from spreading, such as maintaining a safe distance from others, wearing masks, and washing their hands.

Social media has evolved as a platform for disseminating content to the general public. Many people would be alone during hospitalization or at home while they are quarantined. Social media can be a good source of learning and a good way to keep up with the huge amount of medical expertise out there.

Several social media sites saw a major increase in use since the launch of social distancing measures. Since many people are unable to meet with their friends and family in person, social media has been the predominant way of keeping these vital connections alive. For example, Facebook’s analytics department reported a 50 percent increase in overall messaging during the last month of March 2020. Furthermore, WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in use. First and foremost, Furthermore, there has been a notable increase in the use of Zoom since the start of the pandemic connecting with others promotes a sense of self-identity and psychosocial wellbeing, which boosts emotional well-being and lowers the risk of anxiety and depression, according to comprehensive psychology studies.

1.3 Objective Of The Study

  1. To assess the negative information that circulated the social media during the outbreak of the virus.
  2. To see how many people relied on the social media for information during the pandemic.
  3. To know if elderly citizens got access to information concerning COVID 19 from social media.

1.4 Research Hypothesis

  1. Social media sites did not carry any negative information on COVID 19.
  2. People didn’t rely on social media for information during the pandemic.
  3. Elderly citizens didn’t get access to information concerning COVID 19 from the social media.

1.5 Significance Of The Study

The COVID19 pandemic is a serious danger to our everyday lives. It is important these days to ensure that scientific ethics and science integrity standards are adhered to in the constantly changing COVID19 pandemic research projects and publications on a pan European scale. The study based on the crisis on social media during the pandemic.

1.6 Scope Of The Study

This study looks at the social media epidemic during COVID-19. Residents of FCT is used as a case study. As a result, extrapolating social media data can be complicated. The number of internet users and population are factors in the selection of FCT.

1.7 Limitation Of Study

The results were self-reported by self-selected participants, and the lockout period restricted the opportunity to gather more representative data. It was difficult to find people who were willing to participate in this study.

1.8 Definition Of Terms

Social Media:

Social media are interactive technologies that allow the creation or sharing/exchange of information, ideas, career interests, and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.

Covid 19:

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

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