As we enter the era of the new coronavirus, the internet is abuzz with COVID-19 stats, stories, guidelines, and tips.
So far, only a handful of the world’s pandemics have emerged during the Information Age.1With this unprecedented information access, how do you know which sources to trust during a global health emergency?
Keep an eye on nationally recognized public health experts and organizations. And when you spot fishy claims, check original sources. Hint: a “.gov” site is usually more reliable than a viral tweet, whether the person posting flaunts that precious blue checkmark or not.
We compiled a list of top-notch coronavirus resources alongside reasons you can trust them.
Their sites offer COVID-19 health tips, research, national/international updates, and stats. While exact numbers for US COVID-19 cases and deaths are virtually impossible to find, these organizations will have the closest figures.
Streamline your daily scrolling by checking in with these sites first. While you’re at it, tap “follow” on their social accounts so the latest updates come straight to your feed.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Visit the CDC site for practical COVID-19 tips on protecting yourself and your family, social distancing, US travel, symptoms, and when to get tested.
WHO is a good resource for your practical COVID-19 health and safety questions. It also releases daily situation reports about global updates, case numbers, and death stats.
TheWorld Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations public health agency, leading international health efforts since 1948. WHO partners with countries, international organizations, academia, and research institutions to combat diseases.3
The FDA fights infectious diseases by regulating and expediting medical countermeasures. Think vaccines, diagnostic tests, drugs, and personal protective equipment (like masks, respirators, medical gowns, and gloves).
With a background in journalism and tech writing, Kristina loves distilling industry jargon into accessible information. She spent four years writing about real estate, helping new homeowners factor smart home solutions into their to-do lists. She’s fascinated by safety products that go beyond single-point solutions, whether that means integrating with other gadgets or beautifully blending with your home design. Learn more