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COVID-19 Information Sources You Can Trust

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across 144 countries and territories around the world. With the rapidly growing number of cases, health authorities are also battling the spread of wrong information that has been causing the public to panic.  

Following the decision of the World Health Organization (WHO) to mark COVID-19 as a pandemic, a number of cities and countries declared large scale quarantines and lockdowns. The increased restrictions aim to contain the virus and reduce the risk of new transmissions. 

In the U.S., organizations canceled large public gatherings, TV shows suspended production and the NBA suspended its season. But the virus is not the only thing that needs to be controlled by the public and the private sectors.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been panic buying, taking potentially harmful medications and questioning the efforts of the government due to the spread of misinformation across social media. Fake news has been negatively affecting the decisions of the public, which could contribute to the spread of the disease.

To help you find the right information and reduce your risk of contracting the coronavirus, here are some of the best and reliable sources you can check anytime, at any place. 

Government Websites

Federal and local government officials have been actively monitoring the spread of COVID-19. You can bookmark the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health department since they are mainly tasked to track and share information about the pandemic. 

The World Health Organization also created its own page for common misconceptions and myths about coronavirus.

Free Case Trackers

A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University launched an online dashboard in the past month that provides real time information on the COVID-19 pandemic. It gathers data from health authorities from all affected countries, local media reports and WHO to give country-by-country information on all cases, deaths and patients that recovered. 

Scientists On Social Media

Facebook and Twitter are among the common sources of fake news. But you can also get the right information if you are following the right person. 

There are public health experts and scientists who have been using Twitter to share relevant and up-to-date information on COVID-19. However, some of those experts may not be directly studying the coronavirus but at least they know their responsibilities in the medical community. 

Gizmodo shared a list of names that people can follow on Twitter to stay updated with the right information amid the COVID-19 pandemic: 

COVID-19 fake news Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have been panic buying, taking potentially harmful medications and questioning the efforts of the government due to the spread of fake news across social media. Pixabay

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