Avoid Fake News, Turn To This List Of Credible Sources For Updates On Coronavirus
In this time and day of uncertainty and health scares, the least we need is more fear coming from unreliable sources. Check out our list to keep you informed and updated, minus the fake news.
As of publishing time, the new novel Coronavirus that started 2020 on the wrong foot has affected 5,974 people in the China mainland alone, exceeding the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003.
To say that people are frightened is an understatement. Pharmacies have sold out on masks of all kinds, frequent hand washing is of utmost priority, and staying away from any sort of flu-like symptoms has never been more crucial. Apart from this, the need to stay updated and informed is vital in managing such a health crisis, but oftentimes, the Internet can be brutal in spreading fake news.
We're pretty sure that at some point in the past weeks, you may have already received forwarded messages on your social media chat groups, broadcasting unofficial news about the feared Coronavirus. Some have gone so far as to say certain clinics in Manila are hiding infected patients, spreading panic and even more fear.
While it is advised that we stay vigilant, adding more unnecessary information and unreliable news can do more harm than good. Sticking to the official, credible news sources and government outlets is what we should be turning our attention to. Let go of any sketchy-looking Facebook pages or websites that only seek to have you open clickbait-type articles and focus on the legitimate ones instead. Ahead, a list of our go-to sites and accounts to keep handy during times of health crisis like this:
1. The Department of Health
Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDOHgov
Official Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/dohgov
Official Coronavirus-dedicated website: https://tinyurl.com/tz9sc68
2. ABS-CBN News
Official Website: https://news.abs-cbn.com/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABSCBNNews
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abscbnnews/
Official website: https://news.abs-cbn.com/anc
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ANCALERTS
4. BBC News
Official website: https://www.bbc.com/news
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcnews/
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Official website: https://edition.cnn.com/
Official Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/CNN
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cnn
Official website: https://www.reuters.com/
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/reuters
7. World Health Organization
8. NY Times
Official website: https://www.nytimes.com/
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nytimes
Official website: https://www.vice.com/en_asia
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vice
Lead photo via China Reuters