The outbreak of Covid-19 introduced another phase of media activities. Journalism can be described as the primary form of media activity. However, the world has changed significantly during this pandemic. The use of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter increased not only because people were off their lines of duty, but since the social networks were used to amass the general public of the virus spread, teach children after school closure, report the impacts of Covid-19 to people, and to involve governments of their dealings in the fight against the pandemic.
Amassing the public of the precautionary measures to be adopted to minimize the coronavirus transmission was the only cure that human beings would afford. Since its outbreak, Covid-19 was challenging in that it did not choose who to attack. The rich were in awe to discover the best medicine to cure the virus if attacked. However, all people ended up leaning on adopting social distancing, hand washing, and sanitizing. Importantly, well-wishers and friends caring over one another aimed at reaching others through social media, while radios and televisions reminded people of these measures effectively (Al-Dmour et al. e19996). Hence, the Covid-19 outbreak has influenced the use of media in modern society.
Media has been used to teach the pre-school, primary, and secondary school students online. Parents have leaned on using materials shared on Facebook and Twitter to help their children keep up with the academic paces. Again, university students have had to keep in touch with their colleagues and tutors on their formed-public groups where they have pushed on with the syllabus without waiting for the ceasing of the lockdown measures. More so, some radio and TV channels have had to dedicate some durations to offer academic teachings to students who would willingly follow them (Supriyanto et al. 177). However, social media and mass media would not have gained much attention in teaching if there were no outbreak of this magnitude.
The media was greatly involved in reporting the scope of the Covid-19 attack. People were made to keep up with the updates of the spread of the virus and learn how to observe the set measure to b on the safe side of the world. Governments used radios and televisions to report new cases and encourage people to hold on to the best guidelines. Again, they used media as a tool to simulate the various ways to adapt to mitigate the virus. Hence, instead of media being used for leisure activities and gains like people had adopted it, serious business was carried out using media devices and applications.
In addition, individuals, organizations, and members of the media groups used the means of mass media to pass negative critics to governments that adopted mediocre methods in mitigating Covid-19. Different governments had varied allocations to the health department, poor response to Covid-19 patients, and lack of concern on citizens after lockdown and work stoppages. Corrupt acts arose with governments lying on the sums of money they allocated towards the fight against the virus. Some governments failed to develop emergency teams to help Covid-19 patients and left their citizens without food and water in their homes after the closure of employments premises. Hence, concerned people used media devices, forums, and applications to raise their concerns by negatively criticizing governments for their actions, since media creates freedom of expression to individuals who care for their privacy (Wettstein et al. 481). Therefore, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the role of mass media in the information spread.
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