How the Field of Infectious Diseases Can Leverage Digital Strategy and Social Media Use during a Pandemic

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Digital Strategy Advisory Group

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Rapid information dissemination is critical in a world changing rapidly due to global threats. Ubiquitous internet access has created new methods of information dissemination that are rapid, far-reaching, and universally accessible. However, inaccuracies may accompany rapid information dissemination, and rigorous evaluation of primary data through various forms of peer review is crucial. In an era in which high-quality information can save lives, it is critical that infectious diseases specialists are well versed in digital strategy to effectively disseminate information to colleagues and the community and diminish voices spreading misinformation. In this study, we review how social media can be used for rapid dissemination of quality information, benefits and pitfalls of social media use, and general recommendations for developing a digital strategy as an infectious diseases specialist. We will describe how the Infectious Diseases Society of America has leveraged digital strategy and social media and how individuals can amplify these resources to disseminate information, provide clinical knowledge, community guidance, and build their own person brand. We conclude in providing guidance to infectious diseases specialists in aiming to build and preserve public trust, consider their audience and specific goals, and use social media to highlight the value of the field of infectious diseases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberofab027
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2021


  • digital strategy
  • infectious diseases
  • information dissemination
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Oncology


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