Preliminary investigation of individuals as information sources among two language minorities during COVID-19 pandemic in Finland

Anu Ojaranta*, Hamed Ahmadinia, Eeva-Liisa Eskola

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During the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus people acquire and exchange health information about COVID-19 through different communication channels. It is important to understand the role of individuals as information sources, and gain understanding on health information seeking behavior among language minorities during a pandemic. Lalazaryan & Zare-Farashbandi (2014) described health information seeking behavior as any individual’s activities that are related to seeking, obtaining, and making use of health information either regarding illnesses or treatments. In a pandemic, the health information seeking focus may change more towards securing one’s own health and supporting the close ones in the same crisis (Dreisiebner, März, Mandl, 2020). World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern (Jee, 2020; WHO, 2020). A pandemic raises feelings like fear, worry and anxiety. Mental health concerns have been raised in tow of the pandemic because of numerous reasons. One of them is the isolation millions of people have endured during the first and the ongoing second wave of COVID-19. WHO has established mental health recommendations of how individuals can care for their mental health during times of crisis. In these recommendations family and friends play a role, for instance in following ways:“keep in touch with friends and family”,“establish a support network”,“develop a feeling of belonging to the collective care process”(WHO, 2018).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-120
Number of pages5
Issue number2–3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
EventInformation Studies Days 2020 - Oulu, Finland
Duration: 5 Nov 20206 Nov 2020


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