The Social Media Response to Twice-Weekly Mass Asymptomatic Testing in England
Dennis, A., Robin, C., and Carter, H. (2022). The Social Media Response to Twice-Weekly Mass Asymptomatic Testing in England. BMC Public Health. 22(1):182.
This article discusses the public response to a recommendation that all people in England take two asymptomatic COVID-19 tests per week. The authors evaluated 5,783 comments on social media and public comments of online news articles using framework analysis and found them to be negative overall. Recommendations for improvement in healthcare use of social media in similar situations included providing more open communication about the purpose of testing, and information about the accuracy of tests, monetary support for people requiring isolation, and ensuring accessibility for populations with access and functional needs.