The world’s anxiety is at an all-time high as the coronavirus spreads throughout the globe, and we’re all desperate for information to remain on top of the problem. However, relying on the Internet for reliable information isn’t as simple as it seems, because we’re up against an unseen foe that’s spreading at the same rate as the virus: misinformation. These influencers, who range from epidemiologists to infectious disease experts, transmit their views to a wide range of audiences while maintaining a strong sense of individuality.
Here are the experts to follow on social media:
#01. Mikhail Varshavski
Fans know him as Dr. Mike, and he is a real doctor who works at Chatham Family Medicine in New Jersey as a board-certified osteopath and family medicine doctor. On his Dr. Mike YouTube channel, he has more than five million subscribers and 3.7 million on Instagram, where he gives simple, science-backed suggestions on COVID-19 prevention and other health issues.
#02. Austin Chiang
When COVID-19 arrived, he was already dancing out his words on TikTok where his videos have received close to seven million likes and offering health recommendations on Twitter and Instagram. Now he’s using these venues to dispel coronavirus myths and assist his audience in making sense of difficult scientific and political developments.
#03. Uché Blackstock
Uché Blackstock, MD, an emergency medicine physician, was already making a national impact before the coronavirus crisis as the founder of Advancing Health Equity, an organization that works with institutions like the American Medical Association to address inequalities in healthcare for marginalized communities.
#04. Devi Sridhar
It’s no surprise that Devi Sridhar, a doctor of philosophy and professor of global public health at Edinburgh University Medical School in Scotland, has over 100,000 Twitter followers. Her widely shared statements, such as when she recently lauded Australia and New Zealand’s progress in bringing new daily coronavirus infections to near-zero, provide an international perspective on how other countries are faring in their fight against COVID-19.
#05. Bob Wachter
Bob Wachter, MD, the chair of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, is a regular on KQED radio in the Bay Area, where he hosts a call-in show where he discusses all things COVID-19 with listeners.
#06. Marina Del Rios
Dr. Del Rios is at the vanguard of efforts in her state to combat COVID-19, which has disproportionately affected the Latino population. She’s been using Twitter to publish data on how COVID is hurting her community and to raise awareness about systematic racial inequalities in the medical system, where she has nearly 2,000 followers.
#07. Anna Blakney
She’s become a viral sensation on TikTok, explaining how vaccines work – “we inject RNA into your muscle, then your cells build a viral protein” – and dispelling myths about the vaccine’s hazards and effectiveness.
#08. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Ethiopian scientist, public health researcher, and bureaucrat who has served as the World Health Organization’s Director-General since 2017. Tedros is the first African to hold the position, and the African Union has approved him.
#09. Amy Tan
In British Columbia, she works as a palliative care professional and anti-racism campaigner. She isn’t afraid to ask tough questions about COVID-19 and speak out against racism and misogyny she has witnessed in the healthcare industry.
#10. Vivian Stamatopoulos
A harsh critic of the provincial government of Ontario’s handling of the COVID-19 long-term care crisis. She has given remedies to the situation in numerous tweets and media interviews, such as hiring full-time personal support staff and eliminating for-profit nursing homes.
#11. Maria Sundaram
Since 2011, an infectious disease epidemiologist has been researching influenza virus epidemiology and vaccines. Her pinned Twitter thread is an excellent resource for talking to loved ones who are against the COVID-19 vaccine.
#12. Isaac Bogoch
He went to the University of Toronto for medical school and internal medicine training. Following that, he completed an infectious diseases fellowship at Harvard Partners and an HIV fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated from Harvard School of Public Health with a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene from the Gorgas Memorial Institute and the Instituto de Medicina Tropical in Lima, Peru.
#13. Eugenia Duodu Addy
The CEO of Vision of Science, a Toronto-based organization dedicated to assisting youngsters in STEM education. Teen scientists have taken over Instagram, posting educational videos about how unclean face masks can get and how important it is to use a clean one every day.
#14. Tom Frieden
Thomas R. Frieden is an infectious disease and public health physician from the United States. He is the president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, a five-year, $225 million effort aimed at preventing epidemics and cardiovascular disease.
#15. Jennifer Kwan
She is a family doctor in Burlington, Ont., who has been assisting the public in deciphering and comprehending complex COVID-19 data since the outbreak began. Her Twitter graphs follow publicly available data in Ontario on testing, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, immunizations, and more.
#16. Lisa Richardson
She has been using her Twitter feed to convey her experience providing COVID-19 immunizations to isolated First Nations communities. She is an internist with the University Health Network and the University of Toronto’s faculty of medicine. She also mentioned that the health ministry has an Ojibwe vaccine consent form.
#17. Tom Inglesby
Dr. Inglesby is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. He is serving as a Senior Advisor on the COVID-19 response in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Health and Human Services on a temporary basis.
#18. Ashish Jha
Dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, an Indian American general internist physician and academic. He was previously a health researcher, the K. T. Li Professor of Global Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, and Senior Advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group. Jha is regarded as one of the most eminent
#19. Nancy Messonnier
An American physician who is the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. She worked on the CDC’s COVID-19 pandemic response in the United States.
#20. Florian Krammer
He works as a Professor of Vaccinology at the Department of Microbiology at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine. He has over 100 papers to his credit and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Virology, Plos One, and Heliyon, as well as serving as a peer reviewer for over 30 journals.
#21. Marc Lipsitch
An American epidemiologist and professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology. He’s the Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, as well. He is now working on a model for Coronavirus disease transmission in 2019.
#22. Michael Mina
A core member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics and an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (CCDD). He’s also an Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health and an Associate Medical Director in Clinical Microbiology (molecular diagnostics) in the Department of Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
#23. Steffanie Strathdee
Strathdee is the Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, as well as the Harold Simon Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics.
#24. Rochelle Walensky
A physician-scientist from the United States who serves as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the head of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
#25. Vincent Racaniello
A Higgins Professor at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Principles of Virology, a textbook on virology, is co-authored by him.
#26. Trevor Bedford
Dr. Trevor Bedford studies the rapid transmission and development of viruses such as COVID-19, influenza, Ebola, and Zika using powerful computers and complicated statistical approaches. Researchers can use the information gained from these processes to build effective techniques for monitoring and controlling infectious diseases.
#27. Kai Kupferschmidt
Based in Berlin, Germany, is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine. Infectious diseases, as well as food science, nutrition, evolution, and scientific policy, are all topics he writes on.
#28. Jeremy Farrar
Since 2013, he has served as the director of the Wellcome Trust. He previously worked at the University of Oxford as a professor of tropical medicine.
#29. Ed Yong
British science journalist with Malaysian ancestry. He has been a permanent staff member of The Atlantic since 2015. Nature, Scientific American, the BBC, Slate, The Guardian, The Times, New Scientist, Wired, The New York Times, and The New Yorker have all published his work.
#30. Eric Topol
A cardiologist, scientist, and author from the United States. He is the founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, as well as a professor of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute and a senior consultant at Scripps Clinic’s Division of Cardiovascular Diseases.
#31. Maria Van Kerkhove
An epidemiologist who specializes in infectious diseases in the United States. Van Kerkhove is based in the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program and has a background in high-threat pathogens. She specializes on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
#32. Jon Cohen
He is a biomedical specialist who has spent much of his career focusing on HIV/AIDS, other infectious illnesses, immunology, vaccines, and global health. He’s also written about genetics, primatology, evolution, bioterrorism, research finance, ethics, reproductive biology, credit disputes, and the media.
#33. Laurie Garrett
An author and science journalist from the United States. In 1996, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for a series of articles she wrote for Newsday about the Ebola virus outbreak in Zaire.
#34. Carl Zimmer
A well-known science writer, blogger, columnist, and journalist who focuses on evolution, parasites, and heredity. He contributes science essays to newspapers such as The New York Times, Discover, and National Geographic. He is the author of numerous books.
#35. Gregg Gonsalves
A global health activist, epidemiologist, Yale School of Public Health associate professor, and Yale Law School associate professor.