Media coverage on viruses, like the flu or the novel corona virus (Covid-19), is only helpful to a point. When you become concerned for your own health you need expert resources with clear directions. Shared Decisions brings you a composite of key evidence-based resources you can search now and bookmark for future reference. Use these national and international experts to stay up to date from.
How do you know if a source is creditable?
Here at Shared Decisions we evaluate our resources before recommending them. You can find details about our process here. To summarize, check who published the source, the purpose of the source, when it was created/updated, and its content. Also see if it has any potential bias and, if a webpage, provides references or reliable links to other sources.
The virus of the day is…
Be cautious about gathering information from social media. These stories can often contain provocative headlines and misleading information that makes you want to click. Stick to valid, data-based resources to KNOW what is known.
Viruses are not treated with antibiotics. Unnecessary use of antibiotics is harmful to you, see our post on the Post Antibiotic Era.
Businesses and communities develop plans for public protection when viruses continue to spread. Remaining calm and rational is essential. Follow recommendations from these resources: