There are several trusted sources of information out there, but we’ve pulled together a few in case you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
Canadian Government - includes situation updates and a virtual assistant.
World Health Organization (WHO) - includes frequently asked questions, situation updates.
Alberta Health Services (AHS) – key COVID-19 information for Albertans.
AHS Knowledge Resources Services - points to trusted COVID-19 sources and resources
British Medical Journal (BMJ) Best Practice - COVID-19 Research - includes the latest research-based information with links to studies on epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of COVID-19.
Misinformation loves major events, and the COVID-19 pandemic has generated a large amount of misinformation. How can we know if what we are reading is trustworthy?
Is it misinformation?
Widely shared doesn’t mean true – misinformation tends to spread QUICKLY.
Question everything – breaking news is written on the fly, and errors to details are often corrected within a few hours. Check back to be sure details are accurate.
Check in with yourself - are you reacting emotionally? Shock, fear, and anger can bypass our critical thinking. We react, rather than stop to think.
Stop the spread of misinformation – before you share, think about the source, consider the context, and question the accuracy. Is this reliable information that people should know about?
Can you trust this information to be true?
Is the information coming from a trusted source? COVID-19 information should come from one of the trusted sources listed above. It could also come from a doctor, researcher, or health official affiliated with one of these trusted organizations.
Can you confirm with a trusted source? If you see information from multiple places, can you confirm with at least one trusted source (see above).
Where is the evidence coming from? Follow the facts to the source: At this time, all news, government updates, and shared information on COVID-19 should be pointing to a trusted source of information. Look to: AHS, Canadian Government, WHO (see above).
Here are two myth-busting examples to inspire or amuse you: