Navigating Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information on the Internet

This post was written by Kevin Cervantes, third year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

You may have found yourself overwhelmed with all the information about coronavirus (COVID-19) coming to you at once. There are many websites and articles that try to help you understand this rapidly evolving event in our lives. However, you might also find conflicting and even incorrect information out there, so it’s important to be able to stay informed with reliable and reputable sources of information. To help you out, I’ll walk you through two of my favorite websites to stay up-to-date with the current pandemic.

Where to Find Information on Coronavirus

  • World Health Organization (WHO) 
    • This organization is made up of some of the smartest experts in the world to be able to treat disease and promote good health all across the globe (otherwise known as “public health”).
    • This group is the world’s leader in responding to the global coronavirus pandemic.
    • Click here to learn more details about this organization.
    • Click here to go to the website’s section on coronavirus.
      • As you scroll down and find something you want to learn about, click on the particular box or link.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • This organization is similar to the World Health Organization in that it is made up of some of the smartest public health experts, but this group is based in and focused more on the United States.
    • Click here to learn more about this organization.
    • Click here to go to the website’s section on coronavirus.
      • As you scroll down and find something you want to learn about, click on the particular box or link.

You may feel overwhelmed with the amount of links and information on these websites (and I agree, it can be difficult to sort through all this information). Because of this, I wrote out some sections on each website you may find useful below.

Particular Sections on the “WHO” Website You May Find Useful

  • How to Protect Yourself
    • The website has a detailed section on the most up-to-date, official global information with how to protect yourself from getting coronavirus. Click here to view this section.
      • As you scroll down this page, you will find information such as why we wash our hands, why we practice “social distancing,” and how to practice good “respiratory hygiene.” 
    • The World Health Organization also made helpful “YouTube” videos to help teach you as well.
      • Click here to learn how to to protect yourself and others from getting the new coronavirus.
      • Click here to learn why it is recommended to avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
      • Click here to learn how the new coronavirus affects people.
  • Questions and Answers
    • The website also has a section to answer some questions you may have on coronavirus. Click here to go to that section.
      • Some of the questions include “What is coronavirus?” and “What is COVID-19?” and “What are the symptoms of COVID-19?”
    • To navigate this section, scroll down the page to find the question you want answered. Once you find the question, click on the + sign to the right of the question for the answer of the question.
    • The World Health Organization also made a helpful “YouTube” video to teach you what coronavirus is as well. Click here for that video.

Sections on the “CDC” Website You May Find Useful

  • How to Protect Yourself
    • The website has a detailed section on the most up-to-date, official national information on how to protect yourself from having coronavirus. Click here to view this section.
      • As you scroll down this page, you will find information such as how it spreads, how to protect yourself, and how to protect others.
  • If You Think You are Sick
    • This section goes over what to do if you think you have coronavirus. Click here to view this section. 
      • To navigate this section, just scroll down the page to read what particular information interests you.

Knowledge is power. By gaining insight into this disease, I truly believe we will be able to save lives and be able to get rid of this virus once and for all.

 

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