When faced with so much uncertainty, rumors fly. The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a lot of misinformation, spread quickly through social media channels. The rumors can run from ridiculous to downright dangerous. Someone, for example, following suggestions to gargle with very hot water could seriously burn themselves. The biggest risk with many of the unproven recommendations is that they distract us from the important, scientifically proven actions we should be taking, like good hand washing and social distancing. Below are some resources you can use for up to date, accurate and scientifically proven information.
World Health Organization
Have you heard something about preventing or treating COVID-19 that sounds too good to be true? Check out this myth- busting information from the World Health Organization with graphic posters of common myths around coronavirus. You can download and share each of the individual infographics.
Massachusetts General Hospital or Your Local Hospital Website
What is the new coronavirus? Why is it so hard to get tested? Is it going to go away as the weather gets warmer? Two Massachusetts General Hospital experts, Dr. Paul Biddinger, Chief, Emergency Preparedness, Director of Center for Disaster Medicine and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Chief of Infectious Diseases at MGH answer commonly asked questions here.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or CDC, provides daily updates on new COVID-19 developments, the most current number of diagnosed cases in each state and many resources for the public and health care workers.
Food & Drug Administration
The FDA provides food safety information for consumers and also issues alerts regarding fraudulent products claiming to diagnose and/or cure COVID-19.
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
The Academy and its members — Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, Dietetic Technicians Registered and other food and nutrition professionals — offer nutrition articles, tips, video and activities for individuals and families managing the challenging conditions of the COVID-19 outbreak.