Coronavirus Pandemic: Fight Fake News with Reliable Government Resources
Have you heard that essential oils could cure COVID-19? Or maybe you heard from your cousin’s friend of a friend that the whole nation is going on lockdown? The Coronavirus pandemic is flooded with misinformation, but you can help thwart misinformation by sharing these reliable government resources via social media, email, or however you wish!
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain discovered in 2019 that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, was first identified during an outbreak in Wuhan, China and has since spread globally.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Below is a list of reliable resources you can trust provided by Federal agencies:
For starters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a comprehensive website with information such as:
- How to protect yourself
- What to do if you suspect you are sick
- Recommendations for Cloth Face Covers
- Disinfecting your home
- State by State cases in the U.S.
- And much more
For the latest legislation and Presidential documents concerning COVID-19, check out govinfo.gov. Govinfo updates related legislative, presidential, and regulatory documents as they become available.
For additional reliable resources, check out the following links:
- Resources from the National Institutes of Health on the Coronavirus
- Government Response to COVID-19
- Coronavirus Scams from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on COVID-19
- Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on COVID-19
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on COVID-19
- Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on COVID-19
- U.S. Dept. of Agriculture on COVID-19
- U.S. Dept. of State COVID-19 Traveler Information
- U.S. Dept. of Defense (DOD) Response to Coronavirus
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Coronavirus Tax Relief
- Information on COVID-19 for People at Higher Risk of Severe Illness
- Clinical Trials for the Coronavirus
- Clean Hands Save Lives: Handwashing Tutorial
All hyperlinks will take you to a reliable resource provided by Federal agencies that are updated regularly to provide you with the most up to date information. For any questions or additional resources, contact our librarians via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website https://www.libraryvisit.org/coronavirus/.