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Manuscript Submission Deadline 07 January 2023

The Covid-19 pandemic has been an unexpected and destabilizing global event. The lives of millions of people around the world have been significantly impacted, from various, often interconnected, perspectives, and many important changes have resulted. Among the pandemic’s multiple consequences is the radical reshaping of social life, affecting individual, interpersonal relationships and all of our daily activities and established habits. The outbreak of the pandemic and its associated effects (including the virus itself, vaccines, personal protective equipment, lockdowns, social restraints, vaccination passes, and so on) have almost completely catalyzed our attention and permeated our communicative interactions (formal and informal, friendly and professional, spoken and written, face-to-face and technologically mediated).

A climate of uncertainty, doubt, fear and sometimes suspicion has pervaded our everyday interactions. At times, even health communication has been marked by uncertainty and ambiguity , especially before vaccines became available and their efficacy was demonstrated.

The aim of this Research Topic is to investigate uncertainty management around and during the Covid-19 pandemic, in all its various facets and in different communicative settings. The Research Topic will collect articles that consider various aspects of such uncertainty management from different theoretical and methodological perspectives. Questions it will address include: How has the uncertainty related to the pandemic been discussed in different settings and linguistic contexts? How has information (and mis/disinformation) been communicated during this period? How have uncertainty and ambiguity in health communication (considering both “official,” scientific and “unofficial,” popular channels) impacted the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral dimensions of the addressees?

This Research Topic calls for research articles providing novel insights into Covid-19 uncertainty management from communicative, linguistic, psychological and sociological perspectives. Inter- and multi-disciplinary, as well as multi-method approaches are strongly encouraged.

Themes may include (but are not limited to) uncertainty management during and about the Covid-19 pandemic in:

• Everyday interactions
• Institutional (medical, educational, etc.) interactions
• Media contexts
• Political contexts
• Social networks
• Surveys and interviews

Keywords: Covid-19 pandemic, Uncertainty, Uncertain communication, Uncertainty management, Misinformation, Health communication, Social interactions


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The Covid-19 pandemic has been an unexpected and destabilizing global event. The lives of millions of people around the world have been significantly impacted, from various, often interconnected, perspectives, and many important changes have resulted. Among the pandemic’s multiple consequences is the radical reshaping of social life, affecting individual, interpersonal relationships and all of our daily activities and established habits. The outbreak of the pandemic and its associated effects (including the virus itself, vaccines, personal protective equipment, lockdowns, social restraints, vaccination passes, and so on) have almost completely catalyzed our attention and permeated our communicative interactions (formal and informal, friendly and professional, spoken and written, face-to-face and technologically mediated).

A climate of uncertainty, doubt, fear and sometimes suspicion has pervaded our everyday interactions. At times, even health communication has been marked by uncertainty and ambiguity , especially before vaccines became available and their efficacy was demonstrated.

The aim of this Research Topic is to investigate uncertainty management around and during the Covid-19 pandemic, in all its various facets and in different communicative settings. The Research Topic will collect articles that consider various aspects of such uncertainty management from different theoretical and methodological perspectives. Questions it will address include: How has the uncertainty related to the pandemic been discussed in different settings and linguistic contexts? How has information (and mis/disinformation) been communicated during this period? How have uncertainty and ambiguity in health communication (considering both “official,” scientific and “unofficial,” popular channels) impacted the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral dimensions of the addressees?

This Research Topic calls for research articles providing novel insights into Covid-19 uncertainty management from communicative, linguistic, psychological and sociological perspectives. Inter- and multi-disciplinary, as well as multi-method approaches are strongly encouraged.

Themes may include (but are not limited to) uncertainty management during and about the Covid-19 pandemic in:

• Everyday interactions
• Institutional (medical, educational, etc.) interactions
• Media contexts
• Political contexts
• Social networks
• Surveys and interviews

Keywords: Covid-19 pandemic, Uncertainty, Uncertain communication, Uncertainty management, Misinformation, Health communication, Social interactions


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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