Coronavirus – Information and Emotions

Everyday life in the U.S. changed drastically in March 2020 when millions of people started living in a state of health emergency due to the global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). There is a lot of information available about the pandemic, and we are interested in hearing about your individual experiences of information flow in this new situation. Where do you go to get the information you need? How do you deal with the amount of information that’s available about the virus? How do you evaluate the reliability of this information? All kinds of experiences are valuable, and your responses will help us better understand the public’s attitudes about information during a public health emergency. Your unique and informed perspective will help improve our understanding of the roles that information and communication play during a crisis, as well as identifying strategies for managing information and media consumption.

Participation in this research requires completion of an online survey that should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The survey contains a few background questions and seven main questions. You can choose how many questions you want to answer, and both short and long answers are welcomed.

If you reside in the U.S. and are of age 18 years or older, we invite you to participate in the online survey below.

Link to survey:

The survey is open 4/5/2020 –6/4/2020

It is assumed that, by filling out this questionnaire, you are giving your consent to participate in this study. Participation in this survey is voluntary, and all possible references to identification of persons will be kept confidential.

If you have any questions or concerns about your research participation or rights as a participant, you may contact the Institutional Review Board of St. John’s University by emailing or calling IRB Chair Dr. Raymond DiGiuseppe at 718-990-1955. St. John’s University Institutional Review Board has determined that this study is minimal risk and is exempt from full IRB oversight.

Questions concerning this research should be directed to:

Rajesh Singh
Associate Professor
Library and Information Science
St. John’s University

Thank you for considering participation in this research project.

Updated April 7, 2020 -MC