Finding and Using Credible Health Information | #ThinkCheckCorrect

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    An overwhelming amount of health is being shared through various media outlets daily. This creates increased confusion and anxiety. We need your help to spread the message that we all need to be using and sharing credible health information.  

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    Finding And Using Credible Health Resources

    Rapid changes in recommendations create uncertainty. The resources and information below can increase credibility when communicating with others. As coronavirus spreads, so do the questions. Where should you turn for the latest information on a rapidly changing situation? It's hard to beat the convenience of the internet, and we know there's a lot of useful and reliable information online. But there's also a lot of misinformation. The trick is to figure out which is which. Social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, have seen many false and misleading posts, such as:

    • "Oregano Oil Proves Effective Against Coronavirus," an unfounded claim
    • A hoax stating that the US government had created and patented a vaccine for coronavirus years ago, shared with nearly 5,000 Facebook users
    • A false claim that "coronavirus is a human-made virus in the laboratory."
    • Sales of unproven "nonmedical immune boosters" to help people ward off 2019-nCoV
    • Unfounded recommendations to prevent infection by taking vitamin C and avoiding spicy foods
    • Dangerous suggestions that drinking bleach and snorting cocaine can cure coronavirus infection
    • A video with useless advice about preventing infection by modifying your diet (for example, by avoiding cold drinks, milkshakes, or ice cream). This video, which demonstrates the removal of a parasitic worm from a person's lip, is many years old and has nothing to do with the current virus. 
      (Source: Coronavirus Disease 2019: Myth vs. Fact | Johns Hopkins Medicine Lisa Lockerd Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H. 3/29/2020)

    Facebook is trying to fact-check postings, label those that are clearly false, and reduce their ranking, so they are less prominently displayed. Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok have also taken steps to limit or label misinformation. But it's nearly impossible to catch them all, especially since some are in private social media groups and are harder to find. 

    While no one source of information is perfect, some are undeniably better than others. It's best to look for sites that are focused on public health and indicate their mission is to inform and protect the public, such as the local and state health departments, CDC, NIH, WHO, US Food and Drug Administration, Medline Plus, from the US National Library of Medicine and US Food and Drug Administration, as well as experts who use well-accepted scientific analyses and publish their results in reputable medical journals. Clicking on the "About Our Organization" link of a website can help you determine credibility and any bias. Avoid sites that promote or sell a product related to the information provided.


Resources for Finding and Sharing Accurate Information

Last Modified on May 16, 2020