A Handy List of Reputable Coronavirus Information

And how to spot disinformation online

Melissa Ryan

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Originally I was taking this week off from the newsletter, but a bunch of you have emailed me this week asking me how to spot and debunk Corona-related disinformation, or where to find reputable information about the virus. What put me over the edge however was a phone conversation with a nurse in preparation for an upcoming medical appointment. She asked what I did for a living and when I told her she immediately asked where to find good information and how to spot disinformation. Apparently she’s not getting any guidance at work beyond being told to check the CDC website.

If an experienced nurse working in a top-notch hospital is struggling to parse out true information from disinformation and propaganda, the rest of us are clearly going to need help as well. Here are a few resources to get you started.

Sources of Reputable Information

Center for Disease Control This one is obvious but it remains the best place to find reputable information about the virus, what you should be doing, and the U.S. Federal Government’s response to the pandemic.

World Health Organization The WHO offers daily updates on the pandemic, guidance, and data on the spread. I find their dashboard that shows confirmed cases on a world map to be especially helpful for contextualizing the scale of this.

Flatten the Curve A hub for information and a call to action, Flatten the Curve, curated by Julie McMurray, MPH is a fantastic mix of data and practical precautions. It also does the best job of explaining the collective action required to curb the spread of Coronavirus that I’ve seen yet.

Twitter List of Experts Want to follow relevant experts on social media? There are several Twitter lists floating around but I like this one from Jeff Jarvis in particular. Honorable mention to Julie McMurray of Flatten the Curve’s Twitter list.

Pinterest? Yes, really. Per Buzzfeed’s Craig Silverman “What you see when you search for coronavirus or COVID-19 on Pinterest: “we’ve limited search results to Pins from internationally-recognized health organizations.”” If you’re going to search social media for information (proceed…

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Melissa Ryan

Politics + technology. Author of Ctrl Alt Right Delete newsletter. Subscribe here: https://goo.gl/c74Vva. Coffee drinker. Kentucky basketball fan.