Contributor: Vera Novais

Vera Novais ESMH ContributorVera Novais is a science journalist in Portugal. She’s a staff writer for Observador and a freelancer for international news media. Vera writes about any science topic but usually works on life sciences, health, astrophysics and scientific policy. Her favourite assignments are related to debunking misinformation about science, health and nutrition. Vera Novais is a board member of the Portuguese science communication association SciComPt and the International Science Writers Association, and she often collaborates with the World Federation of Science Journalists. Vera sees as her mission to help fellow science journalists and to contribute to the improvement of science journalism and science communication.

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Dr. Bernardo Mateiro Gomes: “Don’t trust anyone who says that he or she knows everything and has no doubt”

Interview with Dr. Bernardo Mateiro Gomes, Public Health Doctor and Public Health Specific Training Advisor with an interest in Infectious Diseases, Mental Health and One Health. When you counter science or health misinformation, do you see yourself as a fact checker or more as a promoter of quality information? I prefer to be proactive and ...

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Quality information given by experts is like a vaccine against falsehoods

Scientists and experts should be available to communicate with the media, or their spot will be taken by false experts. But providing more information to the audience can also have a negative side effect: overconfidence.

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Joana Gonçalves de Sá: “Mitigate the misinformation pandemic by ‘vaccinating’ the susceptible individuals first.”

Joana Gonçalves de Sá is an Invited Associate Professor at the Physics Department of Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, and was the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant to study human behavior using the online spread of ’fake news’ as a model system. Disinformation and misinformation are not a new problem, so why did ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Susanne Kuger about School & Covid-19

Interview with Susanne Kuger, head of the Department of Social Monitoring and Methodology at the German Youth Institute. She is a psychologist by training, with a special interest in cognitive and applied developmental psychology. Susanne Kuger is a fellow in the College for Interdisciplinary Educational Research, jointly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and ...

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A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Lisa Ferland about School & Covid-19

Interview with Lisa Ferland, epidemiologist and part of the COVID-19 surveillance and response team as an Interim Surveillance Expert at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). She comes from the US but lives in Sweden. In addition to her academic background in public health, statistics and information science, Lisa has written a ...

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The role of school settings in COVID-19 transmission

So far, sending children back to school does not seem to have increased community transmission rates, even though EU countries have adopted different strategies. Keeping schools open is very important for children’s health and well-being.

Carla Nunes: “If we can keep treating properly the sick ones and protect vulnerable people, let's ease the lockdown”

Carla Nunes: “If we can keep treating properly the sick ones and protect vulnerable people, let’s ease the lockdown”

Interview on the Portuguese response to COVID-19 pandemic with Carla Nunes, statistician and epidemiologist. Carla Nunes is the Director of the National School of Public Health, at Nova University of Lisbon (Portugal), and the Coordinator of the COVID-19 Barometer project, which analyses the evolution of the pandemic in Portugal. What did Portugal do so differently, ...