Be Careful What You Read – How to Find Trusted Information Online About COVID-19
It is difficult to open any news or information source these days without being inundated with information and opinions about the COVID-19 pandemic. It may feel like every news outlet is solely discussing the virus, that every brand is emailing you updates, and that every person you’ve ever connected with on social media is sharing information about their journey with social distancing.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone.
While it may feel like COVID-19 information is everywhere, until we flatten the curve of the virus and can resume routine travel, work, and lifestyle behaviors, we cannot safely tune-out the noise. We want to ensure you are following government mandates and fully understand your risks for contagion. It is vital to stay informed about virus spread and local mandates. What is just as crucial is ensuring that you are referencing guidance from trusted entities, and remaining guarded about advice from other sources—including well-meaning friends and family on social media who are unintentionally sharing misinformation and creating unnecessary anxiety.
To ensure you are obtaining news and education information from reputable sources, we have compiled a list of trusted outlets. Bookmark the following websites and reference these experts for any questions or concerns you have regarding COVID-19.
The World Health Organization (WHO). WHO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. They are leading global COVID-19 research and education efforts. Visit the WHO>>
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. As of the time of this publishing, the number of identified cases of COVID-19 had exceeded 850,000 globally. With such staggering figures, it is becoming increasingly difficult to fully comprehend the impact of the virus on our communities, our nation, and the world. Johns Hopkins University & Medicine has created a dynamic and interactive COVID-19 global cases map to help illustrate the virus’ impact. The map is updated regularly to ensure it always includes the most accurate, current data. Visit the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center>>
Your Local Government Website. The battle against COVID-19 is heavily fought at the local level. For social distancing requirements, local business and public facility closures, possible testing opportunities, and restrictions that apply to your hometown visit your local government website. Many administrations have created dedicated COVID-19 resources pages. If you are a BestMed patient who lives in Western Oregon or Montana, the following sites may offer the local information you need:
Your Health Care Provider. If you have any questions or concerns about your risk of contracting COVID-19, or if you are concerned that you have been exposed to the virus or are exhibiting symptoms, talk to your doctor. At BestMed, you can trust that the COVID-19 information, education, and resources available on our website and social media sites all contain medically verifiable information that you can trust. To help our patients follow safer at home guidelines, we are also offering Telemedicine appointments with all our providers. Visit our COVID-19 resource page>>