Field epidemiologists find social media useful tool during pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has seen field epidemiologists from around the world take to Twitter to accelerate advancements in the specialism, highlights a new paper co-authored by Professor Daniel Thomas, Consultant Epidemiologist in the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre at Public Health Wales.
Celebrating the first World Field Epidemiology Day (7 September 2021), the perspective piece, published in the International Journal of Infectious diseases, details how the social media platform has allowed field epidemiologists to come together and keep up with the fast pace of advancements that the pandemic demanded.
Professor Daniel Thomas, who co-authored the paper as part of his work for EPIET, the European Field Epidemiology Training Fellowship Program, said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way that public health professionals work and communicate. Over a very short time span, remote working arrangements have become the norm, and meetings have shifted online. Physical distancing measures have accelerated a trend toward digital communication. At the same time, the work of epidemiologists has been held under a magnifying glass by journalists, governments and the general public, in a way not previously seen.
“With social media becoming an integral part of our society over the last decade, Twitter is now a key communication tool and platform for professional networking among epidemiologists (#EpiTwitter).
“This work formed a part of my ongoing commitment to continued professional advancement in field epidemiology, as we now strive to further training opportunities and to putting Public Heath Wales right at the forefront of excellence in this area.”
’Social media for field epidemiologists: How to use twitter during the #Covid-19 pandemic’ reflects on the use of Twitter by field epidemiologists and public health microbiologists for rapid professional exchange, public communication of science and professional development during the pandemic. It discusses how Twitter can be used in a variety of ways, both at professionals’ home institutions and during field deployment. These include information dissemination, science communication and public health advocacy, professional development, networking and experience exchange.
For more information: View the paper below
Latest News from
'Triple challenge' to impact food security for all20/10/2021 09:15:00
A new report published by Public Health Wales highlights how the combined influences of Brexit, Coronavirus and climate change will potentially impact all of us through the food that we are able to buy.
Coronavirus vaccine benefits far outweigh risks19/10/2021 14:15:00
We have launched a campaign to encourage pregnant women to get the Coronavirus vaccine.
Employers more concerned than ever about employee health and wellbeing18/10/2021 14:15:00
A new report from Public Health Wales highlights the increasing concerns that employers have for their employees’ both mental and physical health and wellbeing, following the Coronavirus pandemic.
Statement following UK Health Security Agency announcement regarding UK Lighthouse Lab18/10/2021 12:33:00
Statement given recently (15 October 2021) following UK Health Security Agency announcement regarding UK Lighthouse Lab.
Bowel Screening Wales invites people aged 58 and 59 for screening for the first time11/10/2021 16:15:00
From October 2021, the Bowel Screening Wales programme will begin inviting people aged 58 and 59 years old for the first time for bowel cancer screening.
New toolkit enables health to be built into future land planning11/10/2021 09:15:00
Public Health Wales has created a practical Health Impact Assessment (HIA) toolkit that will enable planners to easily integrate health into their development plans for the future.
Week 78: 'How Are We Doing in Wales' public engagement survey results08/10/2021 13:38:00
The results of the latest ‘How Are We Doing in Wales’ public engagement survey have been released by Public Health Wales.
Better recording and sharing of data essential to meeting healthcare needs of those experiencing homelessness08/10/2021 09:15:00
A new report published yesterday by Public Health Wales’ Research and Evaluation Division highlights the need for healthcare services to record and share information on patients’ housing status, so that their healthcare needs can be better identified, understood and supported.
Wales faces unprecedented 'triple challenge' to health and wellbeing04/10/2021 14:15:00
A new report published recently (01 October 2021) by Public Health Wales is the first of its kind to study the cumulative impacts of Brexit, coronavirus and climate change together and their combined influences on health, wellbeing and inequalities in Wales.