How to get the best information about coronavirus
Many advice from Americans on how to protect yourself from coronavirus comes down to good hygiene habits: stay at home, avoid crowds and public gatherings, wash...
Many advice from Americans on how to protect yourself from coronavirus comes down to good hygiene habits: stay at home, avoid crowds and public gatherings, wash hands, disinfect surfaces, Well don't touch your face.
Obviously, health and social isolation alone cannot solve such a serious public health crisis, but experts say these efforts can slow the spread of the disease and free up much-needed time for the country's health care system to catch up and do Get ready.
Count me in. Makes sense.
At the same time, let us also focus on our information hygiene.
In the past few weeks, information about coronavirus has flowed everywhere-the creation and dissemination of false content to cover up, confuse, mislead and undermine public belief in the institutions we rely on.
This is just one example:
A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has spread conspiracy theories about the virus, including accusing the U.S. military of bringing the virus into China.
Fox News host Pete Hegseth declared that Democrats are "born for the spread of the coronavirus."
As ordered by the New York Attorney General, he must stop moving forward and stop moving forward. According to sources, Infowars landlord Alex Jones tried to sell silver-containing toothpaste, which Jones claimed had "killed the entire SARS-Corona family throughout the atypical death process." "Alex Jones Show" and Infowars lawyer Jonathan W. Emord called the allegations "false" and said the product was never intended to be "used for treatment" Any disease, including new coronaviruses. "
In January of this year, the New York Post and other news media released a viral video of a Chinese woman eating a bat, incorrectly linking coronavirus to Asians and culture. This is one of many examples of toxic information, and the misuse of this information has perpetuated the idea of xenophobia that Americans can be protected from China-related viruses.
This kind of nonsense may be a little fanciful or even interesting, but it has a real impact on it.
Miscellaneous shelves are being removed from paper products and staples; some young people mistakenly believe that they are not in danger and continue to participate in bars, concerts and nightclubs; Chinese Americans face new and disturbing prejudices. Respiratory masks are being robbed by the hospital.
A friend of mine works in the healthcare industry in Florida. She told me that flying masks off the treatment floor puts caregivers and patients at increased risk of any other infectious diseases. Some hospitals have to put masks under locks and keys.
False information not only plays with our minds; it literally affects our health and safety.
So, what can you do to improve information health in this crisis?
Well, for beginners, listen to the opinions of experts.
I applaud the President's decision to form a Corona Virus Task Force. I don't have the power to judge the value of decisions and policy changes made by the working group, but the work done by Vice President Mike Pence is commendable. Penny's daily press conference is very useful, timely and informative. Let him continue to bring the experts to the podium.
We should now acknowledge this: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is a national treasure.
It was a shame that he had to constantly clean up the president's serious misstatements, but thankfully we have someone like him that can be and easily approached.
If we want to improve information hygiene, then a good first step is to read and pay attention to Dr. A
good second step is to also consult other experts, including our family doctors. This is a public health crisis. Public health and medical experts, especially professionals trained in infectious diseases, are our best source of reliable information.
News media in many countries-including CNN-have made appointments for these experts regularly and for good reason. Some of them and their organizations are visible online and through social media.
News References: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/17/opinions/coronavirus-media-literacy-matters-kirby/index.html