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Health Professionals Sound Alarm Over Social Media Infodemic

Health Professionals Sound Alarm Over Social Media Infodemic

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As doctors, nurses and health experts from around the world, we are here to sound the alarm. Our job is to keep people safe. But right now we face not only a COVID-19 pandemic but a global infodemic, with viral misinformation on social media threatening lives around the world.

Stories claiming cocaine is a cure, or that COVID-19 was developed as a biological weapon by China or the US, have spread faster than the virus itself. Tech companies have tried to act, taking down certain content when it is flagged, and allowing the World Health Organization to run free ads.

But their efforts are far from enough.

The tsunami of false and misleading content about the coronavirus is not an isolated outbreak of disinformation, it’s part of a global plague. On Facebook, we have seen claims that chlorine dioxide helps people suffering from autism and cancer; that millions of Americans were given a “cancer virus” via the polio shot; that ADHD was “invented by big pharma”. The list goes on.

By promoting bogus cures, or scaring people off vaccines and effective treatments, these lies matter. And they travel far -- one Facebook post claiming ginger is 10,000 times more effective at beating cancer than chemotherapy has been liked, shared and commented on almost 30,000 times.

That’s why today we are calling on the tech giants to take immediate systemic action to stem the flow of health misinformation, and the public health crisis it has triggered.

Working in hospitals, clinics and public health departments across the globe we are all too familiar with the real-world impacts of this infodemic. It’s us who treat the toddlers hospitalised for measles, a completely avoidable disease once eliminated in countries like the US but now on the rise largely thanks to anti-vaxxer propaganda.

Not only do we health professionals deal with such repercussions, but often we are blamed. Misinformation thus dents the morale of an already strained profession, while the financial cost of battling it eats into badly over-stretched budgets.

The diagnosis is grim, so what can be done?

Social media platforms must start with two obvious and urgent steps.

First, they must correct the record on health misinformation. This means alerting and notifying every single person who has seen or interacted with health misinformation on their platforms, and sharing a well-designed and independently fact-checked correction -- something shown to help prevent users believing harmful lies. While platforms like Facebook have already moved to label fact-checked misinformation, this system does not go far enough since millions of people may have seen a post before it is fact-checked and labeled. That is why we are urgently calling on Facebook to alert ALL users who have fallen victim to such content, which means going a step further than labeling by providing users with retroactive corrections.

Second, the platforms must detox the algorithms that decide what people see. This means harmful lies, and the pages and groups that share them, are downgraded in user feeds, instead of being amplified. Harmful misinformation, and pages and channels that belong to repeat offenders who spread it, should also be removed from the algorithms that recommend content. These algorithms currently prioritise keeping users online over safeguarding their health, and that ends up downgrading humanity’s well-being.

Technology companies who have both facilitated the spread of ideas and profited from it have a unique power and responsibility to counter the deadly spread of misinformation and stop social media from making our communities sicker. To save lives and restore trust in science-based healthcare, tech giants must stop giving oxygen to the lies, smears and fantasies that threaten us all.

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Initial Signatories

Elodie Ghedin, PhD
Professor of Biology and Global Public Health at New York University

James M. Hughes, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Emory University

Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute

Joseph Fair, PhD, MSPH
Science Contributor, NBC/MSNBC News
Senior Fellow in Pandemic Policy, The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University
Senior Fellow in Global Health, The Smithsonian Institution

Peter G. Lurie, MD, MPH
President, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil
Chair, Southpaw Michigan
Former Health Director, Detroit Health Department

Michelle Morse, MD, MPH
Founding Co-Director, EqualHealth
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Duncan Maru, MD, PhD
Epidemiologist and Physician
Senior Faculty, Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Co-Founder, Possible

Irwin Redlener, MD
Director, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University
Professor of Health Policy and Management and Pediatrics, Columbia University

Dan Schwarz, MD, MPH
Department of Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Doctors for America
Evan T. Saulino, MD, PhD
Board Chair

Glen Nowak, PhD
Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication, University of Georgia

Joseph A. Hill, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology, Chief of Cardiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Gregg Gonsalves, PhD
Assistant Professor, Yale School of Public Health

Catarina de Oliveira Paulo
Infectious Diseases specialist
Portuguese National Health System (SNS)

David Citrin, PhD, MPH
Director of Evidence to Policy, Possible Health
Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Washington

ISGlobal (Barcelona Institute for Global Health)

Rafael Vilasanjuan
Director of Analysis, ISGlobal (Barcelona Institute for Global Health)

Donal Bisanzio, PhD
Senior Epidemiologist, RTI International

Isha Nirola
DrPH candidate in public health

Maciej F. Boni, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology, Pennsylvania State University

Meenakshi Bewtra, MD, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Michael Head
Senior Research Fellow in Global Health

Patricia Powers, RN
Staff Nurse, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Philip Lederer, MD
Assistant Professor, Dept of Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Boston University School of Medicine

Rachel Nugent, PhD
Vice President, Center for Noncommunicable Diseases, RTI International

Ricardo Mexia, MD, MPH, EPIET 
President of the  Portuguese Association of Public Health Doctors  

Ron Waldman, MD, MPH
Professor of Global Health, George Washington University
President, Doctors of the World - USA

Saikat Roy
Medical Officer, Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh

Sheela Maru, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Global Health, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Attending physician at Elmhurst Hospital Center, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation

Shefali Oza, PhD
Epidemiologist, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Vlad Mixich
Health Policy Expert / Executive Director at the Romanian Health Observatory

Dr. Colin Hutchinson, FRCOphth
Chair, Doctors for the NHS

The EveryDoctor team, UK

Professor Christian Drosten
Director, Institute of Virology at Charité Hospital in Berlin
Scientific Director, Charité Global Health

Alberto Cano, MD
Medical Physicist

Wan-Ju Wu, MD
Physician, Boston Medical Center

Antonio Sitges-Serra
Surgeon and Writer

Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Ellinger
Senior Urologist, University Hospital Bonn

Naishadh D. Buch, PharmD, MBA, APhA
American College of Healthcare Executives, Clinical Pharmacist & Hospital Executive

Janneke Zinkstok, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist at University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands

Subarna Shrestha, MD
Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Rajeev Fernando, MD
Infectious Diseases Specialist
First Responder, Queens NYC
Founder, CHIRAJ Global Charities

Ranj Singh, BSc, MBBS, MRCPCH
NHS, Emergency Paediatrician, TV Presenter

Jonathan Dworkin, MD
Infectious Diseases Doctor

Hadi Mourad, MD
Doctor of Medicine, Lebanese American University
Member at Lebanese Order of Physicians
Producer and Anchor of Na2Flix Show

Rony Brauman
Professor, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester
Former President, Médecins sans Frontières

Noha Baz
Member of the European Academy of Paediatrics
Founder of Les Petits Soleils

Arshia Wajid, MPH, MBA
Founder and Board Member, American Muslim Healthcare Professionals

Aurélien Beaucamp
President of AIDES, partner of the UN Programme on HIV/AIDS

Sarah Kureshi, MD, MPH
Family Medicine Physician and Assistant Professor at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

Prof. Matteo Bassetti
Director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic of the Policlinico San Martino in Genoa

Chefarzt Dr. rer. nat. Dr. med. Christopher Rommel
Direktor der Klinik für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik
Facharzt für Neurologie und Psychiatrie
Psychotherapie, Psychoanalyse
Johanniter-Krankenhaus Treuenbrietzen

Asma Raheem, MD
Envision Physician Services
Chief of Pediatric Anesthesia/Plantation General Hospital

Renato de Ávila Kfouri, Dr.
Director of SBIm (Brazilian Society of Immunizations), member of WHO Vaccine Safety Network

Natalia Pasternak Taschner
Research fellow at the Biomedical Institute, University of Sao Paulo,
President of Institute Question of Science

Instituto Questão de Ciência

Juarez Cunha
President of SBIm (Brazilian Society of Immunizations), member of WHO Vaccine Safety Network

Isabella Ballalai
Vice-President of SBIm (Brazilian Society of Immunizations), member of WHO Vaccine Safety Network

Anirudh Kumar
Physician, NYU Langone Health

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Melanie M. Brinkmann
Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institute of Genetics

Angelo Pan
Director OU Infectious Diseases
ASST Cremona
President SIMPIOS

Giovanni Maga
Direttore Istituto/ Dirigente Ricerca CNR
Istituto Genetica Molecolare CNR
Biologo molecolare, ricercatore

Andrea Crisanti
Professore, Medico
Dipartimento di Medicina Molecolare UNIPD

David Duong, MD
Physician, Harvard Medical School

Prof. Edimilson R Migowski, PhD, MSc, MD, MBA
Diretor de Relações Externas (Coordinator of External Relations) at UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro Federal University)

Sally McDonald
Clinical Lead Nurse

Leen Delbaere
Oncology Nurse at Jan-Palfijn Hospital in Gent, Belgium

Tanguy Viaene
MD Pediatrics Resident at University Hospital Ghent, Belgium

Ritu Mahendru
Public health specialist

Ruvani W. Fonseka MPH, MSW
Public Health Researcher

Jonas Van Loocke
Professional Bachelor's Degree
Nurse at Wit-Gele Kruis in Belgium

Liz-Ann Munro
Lamarre Independent Dental Hygiene Practitioner (IDHP)

Deborah Passey
Research Associate

Mary Crippen
Outreach Manager, Bronx Regional Health Information Organization

Emma Richards
N.D. (retired)

Fatima Lachporia
Registered Nurse (retired)

Ashmal Jameel, MBBS, BSc, FRCOPhth
Ophthalmology Trainee at St. Thomas Hospital

Felicity Edwards
Clinical Spinal Specialist, hospice end of life therapist

Hedie L. Epp
Family Practice Nurse Practitioner

Tatiana Kremenchugskaya
Surgical Assistant

Jillian Rausa
Public Health Practitioner

Michael Lyon
Hospital Biomedical Technician

Angy El-Khatib, MPH, CHES
Health & Wellness Coordinator

Shaddai Martinez Cuestas
Strategic Communications Specialist for Public Health Advocacy

Miguel Castro

Shreya Mahajan

Brenda Lane
Clinical Social Worker

Anneke de Boer
Registered Senior Nurse

Liz Kroboth, MPH
Program Manager

Patricia Dunne

Katherine Schaff
Health Equity Coordinator

Tarik Khan, MSN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner

Cintia Barbosa
Registered Nurse in Boston MA

Jabeen Siddiqui Hamzavi, MD

Wilson Borges
Doutor em Comunicação
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz

Juan Francisco Vázquez Costa, MD, PhD
Neurologist at Hospital la Fe

Laura de la Fuente, PhD
Research Assistant at ISGlobal

Flor Villalón, PhD
Hospital Universitario Donostia Paediatric surgeon

Vijay Jain, MD
Integrative physician at Mind body wellness center

Mansi Kotwal, MD
Pediatrician, Children’s National Hospital

Amadea Heitmann, MD
Consultant Physician at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr. med. Eckart v. Hirschhausen
Arzt & Wissenschaftsjournalist, Scientists for Future, Stiftung Gesunde Erde – Gesunde Menschen

Dr. Dennis Ballwieser, General Manager
Apotheken Umschau/Wort & Bild Verlag in Munich, Germany

Carol Shoshkes Reiss, PhD

Tiphaine Joguet
Master Réhabilitation par les activités physiques Adaptées et santé
Centre hospitalier de Lodeve (FRANCE)
Enseignante en Activites Physiques Adaptées

Dr. med. Birgit Lampe, M.A.
Neurologist, Neurologie360Grad Cologne

Cord Benecke, Prof. Dr. Dipl-Psych
Professor für Klinische Psychologie, Leiter der Hochschulanu, Universität Kassel

Dr. med. Bernd Stechemesser
Chefarzt, Hernienzentrum Köln

David Fitch, PhD
Professor of Biology, New York University

Dr. med. Andrea Jobst
Kinderpneumologin, Praxis Dr Jobst

Paul Helman, MD
Internal Medicine, Northshore University Health system

Jakow Diener, MD
Medical Oncologist, Southern NH Med Cntr

Abe Levy, MD
Chief Medical Officer Emeritus, CareMount Medical

Stephan Greve, PT

Dr. med. Heinrich Neumann
Pathologe, MVZ Düren

Mitchell R. Lester, MD, AAP, ACAAI, AAAAI, ABAi

Arnold Schwartz, MD
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Orthopedic Spine Care of Long Island

Kara Fine, MD
Endocrinologist, Suburban Endocrinology

Kenneth Hardy Rabin, PhD
Senior Scholar, City University of New York, Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy

Dr. rer. nat. Jens-Uwe Voss

Dr. med. Andrea Erdmann
Psychiaterin, Oberärztin, Elisabeth Krankenhaus Gelsenkirchen GmbH

Dr. Jens-Chr. Schwindt
Neonatologist/CEO, SIMCharacters GmbH

Levi Jenkins, RRT
Respiratory Therapist

Steffi Wesiger
Facharztpraxis für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie & -psychotherapie
Praxismanagerin & Systemische Beraterin (DGsP)

Kelly Issokson, RD
Clinical Nutrition Coordinator, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Patricia Tollison, PhD

Sarah Temkin, MD
Gynecologic oncologist

Kevin Kuehlwein, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist

Carla Araújo

Sérgio Sousa, RN
Public Health Nurse, ULSM

Margarida Leal, MD

Dr. med. Marcus Brabant

David Silberhartz, MD

Luciana Amorim Duarte, RN
Registered Nurse

Prabodh Gupta, MD
Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

Énio Amaral, RN
Nurse, Intensive Care Unit, Curry Cabral Hospital

Catarina Leal, MD
School Nurse, Australian International School

Lucio Meneses-de-Almeida, MD
Public Health Medicine Specialist
Administração Regional de Saúde do Centro (Regional Health Administration of Central Portugal)

Joao Nuno Rossa, MD
Family Practicioner, USF Cynthia - ACES Sintra

Ricardo Soares dos Reis, MD
Neurologist, CHUSJ

Alice Sato, MD, PhD
Children’s Hospital/ UNMC
Hospital Epidemiology and Pediatric Infectious Disease

Paula Brustolin, PhD
Enfermeira, Unoesc

Sidnei Miyoshi Sakamoto, DVM PhD
Full Professor, UFERSA

Manoel Carlos Neri da Silva
Presidente do Conselho Federal de Enfermagem

Felipe Nogueira
PhD in Medical Science
Science writer

Mailton Vasconcelos

Sara Oliveira da Silva
Especialista em Farmacologia Cliníca
Funcionário Público
Farmacêutico Bioquímico

Lillian Gama Balbi
Biomedicine student

Silvana do Nascimento Monte

Scott D. Krugman, MD, MS
Pediatrician, Baltimore Maryland

Renan Arauz, MD
Orthopedic Pediatric Surgeon, Hospital de Especialidades Pediátricas

Brett Ives, NP
Public Health Practitioner

Magnus Kaffarnik, MD

Yasmin von Schirnding, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Roger Kim, MD
Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Agya Mahat, BDS, MPH
Global Health Consultant

Mary Austin-Seymour, MD
Retired Oncologist, WA Free Clinic Volunteer Vancouver WA

Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Meyer
Chefarzt, Klinik für Anästhesiologie, operative Intensivmedizin und Schmerztherapie, St. Marien-Hospital Mülheim an der Ruhr

Lara Ricotta, MDPH
MD Part of Hospital Director Staff, Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital

Adam Emmanuelle
Infirmière DE/libérale

Jaime Verdugo Bosch, MD
Clinical Radiologist

Dr. med. Melanie Schaefer
Anästhesistin, Heidelberg Clinic of Intergrative Diagnostics

Henrietta Bencevic-Striehl, MD

Luciano Guerra Armuelles
Medico, SAMUP

Matthew J. Majzun, D.O.
Medical Staff President, Medical Director of Quality & Patient Safety, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital  

Raquel Medialdea Carrera, PhD
Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health, Malta

Emil William Chynn, MD, FACS, MBA
Owner & Surgical Director, Park Avenue LASEK

James D. Brooks, MD
Keith and Jan Hurlbut Professor, Department of Urology, Stanford University

Catherine Caporale, PhD
Psychotherapist, clinical counselor, APA, Am Psych Assoc, AmAssMFTs, CalifAssoc.MFTs

Prof. Dr. med. Frank Ulrich Montgomery
Vorstandsvorsitzender, Weltärztebund (WMA)

Professor Dr. Hartmut Göbel
Director, Kiel Pain Center

Frederick Voß
Assistenzarzt AINS, Agaplesion Bethesda Krankenhaus Wuppertal

Gert Tauber
Facharzt f. Psychosomatische Medizin, Klinikum am Europakanla, Erlangen

Luis Soares, M.Sc.
Inspector, INFARMED

Ana Jardim, MD
ENT Doctor, Hospital CUF Descobertas

Alma Tostmann, PhD
Epidemiologist / Infectious Diseases

Dr. med. Katja Kühn

Zsófi Igloi, Phd
Research scientist, Erasmus MC

Jeff Huebner, MD, FAAFP
Family Physician, Doctors for America Board of Directors

Nadia Ramos, MD

Sabine Gerlach-Eniyew
Ärztin, Praxis

Billie Caceda, Dra
Medico/ microbiología clinica, Hospital universitario Cruces

Dr. med. univ. Bernhard Redinger
Klinik Ebersberg
Facharzt Chirurgie

Cecilia Thomas, APRN
Nurse Practitioner, CHI Health

Petra Falb, Mag.
Veterinarian, Assessor for Vaccines, Federal Office for Safety in Health Care

Christina Ha, MD

Peter Hahn
Oberarzt Anästhesie und Intensivmedizin, Salem Krankenhaus

Brittany Menna, RN
Clinical Nurse, Penn Medicine

Miguel Bigotte Vieira, MD
Nephrologist, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Central

Filomena Laia McGuire, MD
CHCSJ (Hospital Conde de Sao Januário)

Jan Goebel
Facharzt für Innere Medizin, Praxis am Imberg

Dr. med. Ulrich Giebeler / Dipl. Psychologe
FA Psychiatrie/Psychotherapie FMH, eigene Praxis

Dr. med. Giskard Wagner
Anästhesist, Kaderarzt mbF, Spitäler Schaffhausen

Dr. rer. medic. Christina Köhlen
Mental health practitioner

Saverio Cinieri, MD
President Elect, Italian Association of Medical Oncology
Director, Oncology Department

Stephanie Ortiz y Lülsdorff
Heilpraktikerin (Psychotherapie)

Stefania Stefani, PhD
Microbiologist, University of Catania

Jessica Chan, RN, CPNP
RN, New York-Presbyterian

Kenneth S. K. Tung, MD
Professor Emeritus of Pathology

Juan Manuel Bombin Granado
Especialista en Pediatría
Pediatra, Servicio Madrileño de Salud

Dr. rer. nat. Agnes Musiol
Clinical Operations Manager, Sacura GmbH

Dr. med. Miriam Scheidthauer
Fachärztin für Allgemeinmedizin, Praxis

Kay Vandenberg, MD, FACOG

Prof. Dr. med. Erwin Stark (ret.)

John Vann, MD
Omaha Children's Clinic

Dr. pharm. Enea Martinelli
Spitaeler fmi AG

Matthias Lintz, Facharzt für Innere Medizin und Gastroenterologie/Oberarzt
Neckar-Odenwald-Klinik Mosbach

Eunice Neeley, MD,MPH

Mariette Labots, MD, PhD
Medical Oncologist, Amsterdam UMC

Dorrit H. Sterner, MD
Staff Physician, Temple University Student Health Services

Gwendeline Demers, PA-C
Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital

Allison Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University
Distinguished Nurse Scholar, National Academy of Medicine

Lindsey Shultz, MD, MPH
Physician, Healthcare Analyst

Jorge Wernly, MD
Professor, CardioThoracic Surgery, University of New Mexico

David Walter, D.O.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Deborah Newcomb, MD
Anesthesiologist, Innewvation Anesthesia Solutions

Steven Kern, MD

Andris Skuja, PhD, MSCP
Former Training Director, Kaiser Permanente

Ozge Karadag Caman, MD, PhD
Public Health Researcher, Columbia University

Carlos Pellegrini, MD

Eleanor Miller, MSN RN
OCNManager, Oncology Nurse Navigation, Abramson Cancer Center, Penn Medicine

Amie Barry, APRN
Nurse Practitioner

Bich-May Nguyen, MD
Family Physician

R Scott Poppen, MD, MPA
Retired Physician

Debra M Stein, MD

John Haresch, MD
Family Physician

Cathie McGeehan, RN, MSN
Clinical Faculty

Michelle Montgomery, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC
Nursing Administration

Faces of the Frontline

Robin L. Ninefeldt, MD
Family Medicine Physician, Health Educator, Eagle Health Alaska

Eric Feigl-Ding, ScD
Epidemiologist, Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Erin Zahradnik, MD
Palliative Medicine, University of Chicago

Sanjeev K Sriram, MD, MPH
Senior Advisor, Social Security Works

Maria Petroulakis, MD FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UPMC

Shannon N. Westin, MD, MPH
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Komal Patel, MD

Jessica Gonzaga, FNP-C
Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Tucson Medical Center

Afreen Pappa, MD
Physician, Sanitas Medical Centers

Donna Gleason, FNP-C

Furkan Shinaishin, MD
Emergency physician, Commonwealth Emergency Physicians

Anna Tran, MD
Doctors for America

James Meza, MD, MSA, PhD
Physician, Researcher, Beaumont Healthcare Center-Westland

Sheneen Lalani, DO
Internal Medicine and Palliative/Hospice Attending Physician, NYC Health and Hospitals

Brandee Smedley, RN
Lung Cancer Screening Nurse Navigator, Community Healthcare System

Noshene Ranjbar, MD
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

Vino Shelumiel Raj, MD, MBA
Director of Clinical Research, Allina Health

Catherine Ferguson, MD
Emergency Medicine

Emily Bellavance, MD

Lynn J. Howie, MD

Susan Sufit, MD
Family Practice

Prof. Dr. med. Lothar Schweigerer, Pädiater, Chefarzt, Klinikum Frankfurt (Oder)

Prof. Dr. med. Armin Sablotzki, Chefarzt Intensivmedizin, Klinikum St. Georg Leipzig

Prof. Dr. med. Ursula Peschers, Chefärztin, Isarklinikum

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. habil. Wolfgang Preiser,

Stellenbosch University / National Health Laboratory Service
Leiter der Abteilung für Med. Virologie

Prof. Dr. med. Katja Schlosser

Dr. med. Dirk Zeiler
Franziskus-Krankenhaus Linz
Facharzt für Anästhesiologie und Intensivmedizin, Oberarzt

Dr. med. Daniel Tibussek, MSc
Center for Childhood and Teenage Health
Pediatrician, Child Neurologist

Dr. med. Z. Sarhaddar
Oberärztin Chirurgie

Dr. med. Stephan Leers
Augenspezialisten Saar

Dr. med. Christoph Schattenfroh
Klinikum Lippe

Dr. med. Marc Hanefeld
Praxis Dr. Marc Hanefeld

Dr. med. Petra Soldo
Orthopädin und Unfallchirurgin, Sozialmedizinerin

Professor Dr. Björn Brücher
4open Journal

C. Heidenreich, Gesundheits- und Krankenschwester
Netzwerk Hospiz Südostbayern (Sapv)

Ashwini Seghal, MD
Case Western Reserve University
Professor of Medicine

Elizabeth Schlechter, RN  MSN
Registered Nurse

Joseph Ladines-Lim, ScD
Yale School of Medicine, University of Michigan
MD candidate

Stefan Buttigieg, MD MSc
Digital Health Malta

Kendall Sarson, MD student
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Cathie Dunal, MD MPH, Physician

Dr. med. Michael Murauer 
Internist, niedergelassener Arzt

Dr. rer. medic Kristina  Norman, PhD
Senior researcher, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Dr. med. Elisabeth Maihoff
Allgemeinärztin, Praxis für Allgemeinmedizin

Dr. med. Wolfgang Picker-Huchzermeyer 
Arzt für Allgemeinmedizin

Dr. med. Rolf-Dieter Hanrath 
Internist - Gsstroentrologie, Klinikum Obergöltzsch Rodewisch

Dr. med. Dorothee K. Schmid

Enzo Voccia, MD
Surgeon, SSN Italy

Dr. med. Marton Szell 
Infektiologie, Donauspital Wien

Ana Pimenta, MD
Attending Hematologist at Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Oci, CHLO

Pasquale Cacciatore, MD
Resident Doctor in Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Terri Hargrave, MD, MPH
Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychiatry, SUNY UMU

Ellyn Musser, MD

Janet Perlman, MD, MPH, Physician

Michael A Taylor, MD
Professor, UAB Dept of Pediatrics

Jennifer Bratz, Nurse Practitioner
Chief Nurse Executive, USAF

Jennifer de Vries, MD
Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Dayton Children's Hospital

Hiedi Tan, MD
Infectious Diseases

Axel Rowedder, MD, MPH
Internal Medicine, mediX toujours

Fátima Franco, MD
Cardiologist, Coimbra University Hospital

Univ. Prof Dr. med. Ernst Berger
Univ Prof, Med Univ Wien

Markus Beier, MD
Chairman, Bavarian GP Organisation

Dr. med. Felizitas Leitner
Fachärztin für Allgemeinmedizin

Dr. med. Brigitte Dietz

Maria del Mar Burreros Garcia
Pediatra, Lic. en Medicina y Cirugía especialista en Pediatría

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Manfred Herrmann
Hochschullehrer/Arzt, Universität Bremen

Dr. med. Tim Ratzlaff

Dr. med. Katrin Schwaiger

Dr. med. Angelika Göser
Ärztin für Allgemeinmedizin, Praxis

Priv. Doz Dr. med. Lars Wojtecki
Chefarzt / Adjunct Professor, Klinik für Neurologie Hospital Kempen, Akademisches Lehrkrankenhaus Uni Düsseldorf

Dr. med. Schirin Frey

Dr. med. Stefan Zeller
Kinder- und Jugendarzt, Die Kindersprechstunde

Dr. Jens Mathews

Prof. Dr. Axel Hamprecht
University of Oldenburg
Director, Institute for medical microbiology and virology

Prof. Dr. med. Angela Geissler
Robert Bosch Krankenhaus

Prof. Dr. Annegret Hannawa
Universität Lugano
Professor of Health Communication

Toni Biskup, MD, MPH
Physician, Educator

Ian Darnton-Hill, MBBS, MPH, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Laura Witte, MPH
UTHealth School of Public Health
Doctoral student

Sibilla Focchi, MD, Doctor

Concepción Colomo, Dra, Medica

Dr. med. Martin Knorr
Kinderarzt / Pediatrician, BAG Kids 4.0 Kinder- und Jugendärzte, Mülheim an der Ruhr

Dr. Med. Fabian Waltschew, Arzt

Dr. Med. Christoph Winkler
Senior Consultant, ZEQ AG

Andreas Thalheimer, Arzt

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