The onslaught of the COVID-19 virus has taken over every part of our lives...including the news. There are literally thousands of articles, videos, opinions, studies, and more created (and shared across the internet) each day. The result? A true information overload. And while it might not be the worst thing if Barbara down the street gets confused about a detail or two, the same is not true for those who work in the healthcare industry. It is absolutely imperative that you stay abreast of the most up-to-date, accurate information on this crisis. Your patients are looking to you for answers. To make things a little easier for you, I've compiled a list of the BEST sources to turn to when you have questions. So take a little time to bookmark these sites...and be sure to let me know if I've missed one!
Government and official websites:
- World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int. One of my favorites from WHO is this page that shares common misconceptions and myths circulating about COVID-19. For instance, NO, a hot bath will not kill the virus if you have it.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page does a good job of sharing symptoms and ways to clean your house effectively: https://www.cdc.gov/
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH). There are lots of great informational pieces you can find here. I especially enjoy the portions that talk about research efforts. https://www.nih.gov/
- Local and state government sites: Most states have created individual pages to address your specific rules and regulations during this time. Simply put into a search engine ("State name" and "COVID-19"). Here is our state's site (Utah): https://coronavirus.utah.gov/. If you have trouble finding your specific state, let me know in the comments and I can hunt it down for you. :)
Industry specific sources:
- National Dental Association: For the latest updates on how the pandemic is impacting the dental industry, along with tips for managing your dental practice during this time, you can visit https://ndaonline.org/
- American Optometric Association: For all of you eye doctors out there, this is a great resources to find information. https://www.aoa.org/
- AmericanMedical Association: For our medical professionals, check out this site to get the latest data: https://www.ama-assn.org/
There are a bunch of different trackers out there. A couple of my favorites include:
- Johns Hopkins University has an interactive dashboard that uses official data from the CDC, WHO, and other organizations. Check it out here: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
- A group of researchers and journalists created a U.S. state level tracker that does a great job as well. It includes information that you might not find elsewhere, including the overall numbers of tests given and the negative/positive results for those tests as well as the number of hospitalizations in each area. https://covidtracking.com/
A quick caveat here. It is nearly impossible to remain completely unbiased when writing a news story. However, many news sources are incredibly biased or sensational while others are much better. If you are looking for straight information, some of the best sites include:
- Associated Press (AP) News: This is continually listed as one of the news sources that is the least politically biased. It has also had excellent coverage of the pandemic, covering the story from multiple angles. https://apnews.com/
- National Public Radio (NPR): Another good source for relatively unbiased news is the NPR. You can read their coverage here: https://www.npr.org/
If you're looking for social media experts to follow, here are a few you can check out.
- Ian MacKay, Australian virologist and blogger
- Helen Branswell, STAT senior writer on infectious disease
- Florian Krammer, microbiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York
- Kelly Hills, bioethicist
- Nicholas Evans, bioethicist
- Adam Kucharski, mathematician/epidemiologist
- Isabella Eckerle, a professor at the Geneva Center for Emerging Viral Diseases in Switzerland
- NIAID News, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (where Dr. Fauci works).
- You can also search #DrFauci for the latest information from him.
What other sources have you found to be reliable and credible? Let us know in the comments.