- There are conspiracy theories that COVID-19 was made in a lab or caused by 5G technology.
- South Korea quickly flattened the curve of COVID-19 with testing and contract tracing.
- The Pan American Health Organization fights infectious diseases in all 35 countries in the Americas.
Throughout the spread of COVID-19, a breadth of misleading information has filled our media pages. With so much content about the virus being shared—from symptoms to prevention to its effects on society—it is not always easy to tell the factual evidence apart from the misinformation. In fact, due to the spread of incorrect messages, conspiracy theories, unsubstantiated claims, and phony cures have been widely discussed across the world. These claims have ranged from ideas that the coronavirus was intentionally made in a lab, to the theory that 5G technology caused the pandemic. However, amid so much fake news, it remains possible to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance.
World Health Organization (WHO)
One of the most trustworthy international sources, the World Health Organization has been providing consistent and factual updates about the COVID-19 pandemic. Associated with the United Nations, WHO is responsible for monitoring and reporting on international public health and global health emergencies. As such, WHO has been a credible source to learn about how COVID-19 is affecting countries worldwide, with most information being found on their Coronavirus disease pandemic website page. Resources supplied by WHO can also be found on their various social media sites such as WHO Twitter, WHO YouTube, WHO TikTok, WHO Facebook, WHO Instagram, and WHO WhatsApp.
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention
A reliable source to learn about the spread and state of COVID-19 in the United States, the CDC is a national public health institute associated with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a federal agency, it aims to inform and protect US citizens, both within the country and around the world, from COVID-19. Offering Guidance on monitoring symptoms and getting tested, sharing information about community responses, outside resources, Data Surveillance, and Contact Tracing, the CDC allows for readers to get a comprehensive understanding of how governments are managing COVID-19. The CDC also provides an up to date situation summary, allowing readers to keep track of the location and demographics of cases. With most resources being found on their Coronavirus website page, readers can also refer to the CDC’s Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn pages.
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Located in Solna, Sweden, the ECDC is an independent agency of the European Union. With the goal of preventing infectious diseases throughout Europe, the ECDC engages in surveillance, epidemic intelligence, response, scientific advice, microbiology, preparedness, public health training, international relations, and health communication. Currently, the ECDC has a web page designated to inform the public on COVID-19, offering a weekly surveillance report, a Q&A section, and the mobile ECDC Threat Reports app.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM)
The world’s largest biomedical library, the NLM aims to make biomedical data accessible by offering sources to learn about scientific discovery, health care, and public health. Amid COVID-19, NLM has expanded access to Coronavirus literature through a database called PubMed Central, in order for readers to read clinical studies and journals to gain science-based knowledge.
Ministry of Health and Welfare
Located in Sejong City, The Ministry of Health and Welfare is a branch of the government of South Korea. One of the countries best able to flatten the curve of COVID-19, South Korea is able to offer the rest of the world solutions to increase testing, establish effective tracking measures, and reduce cases. The Ministry of Health and Welfare offers transparent information regarding Korea’s response to COVID-19, latest updates on the pandemic in both Korea and worldwide, and public advice to manage and prevent infection.
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
The regional field office for the World Health Organization in the Americas, all 35 countries in the Americas are member states of PAHO. Working to promote universal health coverage and strengthen health systems, PAHO aims to aid countries in fighting infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. Amid the pandemic, PAHO is offering educational videos and online courses to learn about COVID-19 as well as guidelines to prevent infection, alerts, and reports. PAHO also has a section of its website that refutes fraudulent messages about PAHO, WHO, and COVID-19 to ensure readers are only being exposed to factual evidence.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
A federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA’s website offers resources for health professionals, offers answers to frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19, as well as how individuals can aid with pandemic recovery through following guidelines and donating plasma post-recovery.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
One of the largest biomedical research agencies in the world, NIH plays a key role in protecting and monitoring public health. A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH works to expand medical and scientific knowledge through offering a variety of resources from both NIH and external organizations. From testing, to treatments, to mental health, NIH offers the latest updates and research on COVID-19. Find information on their Coronavirus web page or on their various social media sites such as NIH Twitter, NIH YouTube, NIH Facebook, NIH Instagram, and NIH LinkedIn.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
One of the top medical schools in the United States, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has created an interactive site to keep readers up-to-date about COVID-19. Offering information on the state of the pandemic in both the US and worldwide, the site provides updates on testing, contact tracing, and news regarding COVID-19. The university is also putting on a series of videos and live events being broadcasted online for viewers to hear about the state of the pandemic from renowned researchers.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
Originally founded in France with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, MSF is an international humanitarian medical non-governmental organization that aims to provide medical aid to those in need. In hopes to spread knowledge about the pandemic, MSF offers online information about how transmission of COVID-19 occurs and how individuals can protect themselves from contracting the virus. In addition, MSF has created a series of educational YouTube videos to instruct viewers on how to respond to and manage COVID-19.