Not just a Pandemic - But an INFO-DEMIC!
As we all strive to stay current with the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s easy to fall prey to false information. Collectively, we are taking the necessary precautions to not only follow safety guidelines, but to also remain up-to-date on the information encompassing this outbreak. With the constant hunger to be glued to our technology during this time, it can become quite overwhelming with the loads of content released online, especially via social media.
So, where do we turn to when information seems to contradict itself in a new manner every other moment we chime in to the outside world? To ensure we are utilizing the most accurate and credible sources to gather the “need-to-know”, it is imperative to instill conscientious habits when researching where we stand with Covid-19. In addition to what we accept as factual information, recognizing the appearance of the many ongoing covid-19 global rumors, is vital to the healing process of our humanity.
Primarily, experts who aim to inform and protect the public, such as those who stand with the CDC and the WHO, are both great places to start. Other resources include Medline Plus, from the US National Library of Medicine, the US Food and Drug Administration, and major news outlets, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Staying well informed only goes so far in an attempt to abolish this virus. What is vital now, is where we educate ourselves and how we take that gained knowledge into action- and as we all know, knowledge is power. Together, we can defeat the myths, conspiracy theories, and misleading posts. As always, stay safe, educate yourselves, and stay strong throughout the course of such a difficult time.
What are your sources of information. Share what you have learned to be trusted sources on anything from respiratory illness to PPE, and let's talk about it!
Madison Baird, RN