Health-protective behaviour, social media usage and conspiracy belief during the COVID-19 public health emergency

@article{Allington2020HealthprotectiveBS,
  title={Health-protective behaviour, social media usage and conspiracy belief during the COVID-19 public health emergency},
  author={Daniel Allington and Bobby Duffy and Simon Wessely and Nayana Dhavan and James Rubin},
  journal={Psychological Medicine},
  year={2020},
  pages={1 - 7}
}
Abstract Background Social media platforms have long been recognised as major disseminators of health misinformation. Many previous studies have found a negative association between health-protective behaviours and belief in the specific form of misinformation popularly known as ‘conspiracy theory’. Concerns have arisen regarding the spread of COVID-19 conspiracy theories on social media. Methods Three questionnaire surveys of social media use, conspiracy beliefs and health-protective… 

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