Everywhere you look, news about Coronavirus appears to be flooding each and every media channel. The upside of this is that you can access critical information right at your fingertips. However, the downside is that this information may not always be accurate, and oftentimes, may even be misleading and potentially detrimental.
Several unfounded claims and conspiracy theories have arisen regarding the source and cause of Coronavirus, as well as various treatments or cures for the disease. As a general rule of thumb, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok should generally not be trusted as credible sources of information for Coronavirus. While they may be extremely effective and convenient ways to share information, that information is not always fact checked, and rumors and false information can be spread quickly in this manner. Always take the advice with a grain of salt, and ensure that the information source is a reliable one.
It’s All Relative
While the Coronavirus is novel and is currently being studied globally in hopes of eliminating it with a vaccine, it’s easy to forget that the situation as a whole is not new to mankind. The common flu is also a virus that has similar symptoms, and the aftermath is exactly the same as well: hospitalizations and deaths. However, you can always take ease in knowing that the common flu can also be prevented by getting a flu shot, and millions of people have easily recovered from the flu as well. The basic principles in how you would handle the common flu can be applied to Coronavirus as well.
There are many sources of information out there, but some are undoubtedly more accurate than others. Experts who use well accepted scientifically based practices and peer-reviewed studies can be trusted when they make findings or reports. Other official organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are dedicated to providing accurate knowledge to the general public. Major news outlets with expertise in health reporting, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe can all be trusted as well.