Dr. Broniatowski quoted in media regarding use of Twitter data to determine compliance with COVID-19 social distancing policies

April 15, 2020

Dr. David Broniatowski was quoted in the April 8 Politico “Morning eHealth” roundup, “Building a national surveillance system,” and in the April 10 HealthDay article “Tweets Show Americans Are Following COVID-19 Precautions” regarding the use of Twitter data to determine compliance with social distancing policies. He also spoke to NewsChannel 8 about what Twitter can tell us regarding social distance practices.


Dr. Broniatowski has initiated a number of projects to try to understand and combat misinformation around COVID-19. One in particular involves an open online database that he and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland have launched to help fellow researchers study COVID-19. Possible applications include the combating of misinformation, supporting messaging from public health organizations, and tracking information about the ongoing pandemic. Learn more about these projects.