There’s a ton of information out there about Coronavirus, a quick search around online and you can find everything from “Yeah it’s nothing, just like a cold, don’t worry about it!” to “Build a doomsday shelter immediately!”
How can you tell what to trust?
One thing you might try is to find someone you know and trust and actually knows a little bit about this thing. That could be your doctor, sure. It’s definitely NOT anyone you’re going to find in the comment section of basically any website. For me, it’s a longtime friend. She’s a college professor, and she’s an Epidemiologist so she’s spent the better part of her adult life studying these exact types of things. She’s someone I know well, I’d trust her with my kids, so I’m taking my cues about this from her.
So what does she say? She’s approaching it with “controlled alarm.” She says she doesn’t think you need to stock up on a 3-month supply of toilet paper, but it’s wise to be vigilant about how our daily lives may be disrupted by it, and be cautious about the spread of the disease. She said she’s closely following the advice that the Center for Disease Control puts out, and she recommends everyone do the same.
I think that’s pretty good advice, and there’s a lot of that available too. Here are some websites with regularly updated information you can trust:
1. The CDC’s guide to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Lots of information on what you should know, symptoms, prevention and treatment, and developing news.
3. The FDA’s guide to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Lots of information about fraudulent cures, preventative measures, and testing.
4. WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports – Updates on confirmed cases of the virus around the world.