Wed, 2021/04/21 - 12:19pm
As the virus that causes COVID-19 has spread, what has also spread is misinformation. Biomedical sciences professor Dr. Glen Pyle, in the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College, is helping to change that by volunteering his science knowledge for a group called COVID-19 Resources Canada.
Pyle is the volunteer Ontario co-lead for the group, as well as a co-founder of its #ScienceExplained initiative.
#ScienceExplained aims to bring together experts from multiple scientific and medical disciplines to inform the public about COVID-19 and to dispel myths about the disease and Canada’s response.
COVID-19 Resources Canada began last March to coordinate Canada’s response in the early days of the pandemic by recruiting scientific volunteers and collecting resources such as personal protective equipment and reagents for health labs.
It is now a volunteer database and a collaborative science communication initiative to help educate the Canadian public on the science behind the response to COVID-19.
“As I was helping out with coordinating volunteers in Ontario for the group, I noticed that misinformation was spreading,” Pyle said. “As many scientists know, there is a real cost when misinformation spreads, so I proposed that we tackle this and helped launch #ScienceExplained.”
Pyle knew that the network of volunteer scientists he was already working with could provide accurate information that could be shared across social media, including the group’s YouTube page.
“ScienceExplained is not just about dispelling misinformation; it’s about explaining how science works,” Pyle said. “Many officials in charge of public health messaging have never done research, but we have, and we can explain how things like clinical trials work, or PCR testing or vaccines — we have that expertise.”
Read the entire article on the University of Guelph website.