Our role as health and medical communicators during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (COVID-19)
On behalf of the Australasian Medical Writers Association (AMWA), we wish to highlight the need for increased vigilance in our health communications during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.
With unprecedented online engagement in a global conversation concerning microbiology, public health and epidemiology, the value of professional science communication has never been so apparent.
We implore our members to contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way – to utilise their skills to facilitate the distribution of reputable, balanced and accurate information – aiming to inform and alleviate undue alarm.
We would also like to remind our members of our responsibility to acknowledge what we do not know. That in the desperate need for timely information, we are relying on small studies which have not undergone the usual quality control processes. We must take care in extrapolating these data without recognising important differences between populations, such as resource availability, patient demographics and risk factors.
Provided below are a selection of authoritative sources endorsed by AMWA:
Finally, it is essential that the AMWA community guide and support each other during this time. We encourage our members to reach out via our various channels to remain connected and informed.