Confused about COVID-19?
Me too! Nothing seems to be consistent; credibility isn't exactly coming up in spades; and there's no end to conspiracy theories and brouhaha. Quite frankly, I'm finished with news, radio, and social media articles, memes, and "facts" related to the pandemic. I bet you are too. I'm trying to stress about it a little less, and you should too. Here is some food for thought from the University of Texas MD Anderson Center:
- Make sure that the information is coming from an authoritative source on COVID-19. I love my friends who are pharmacists, anesthesiologists, and nurses, but unless you're an epidemiologist or work closely with one, your opinion on the subject holds little weight with me
- Check that the information is recently published. Things are constantly changing because this virus is "new". There are similar viruses, but scientists are still learning about COVID-19, so information will probably continue to change.
- Trust local authorities to have the most accurate coronavirus information for your community. What's happening in other places might affect some of my family in those places, but local guidelines for my own household holds more weight.
- Carefully consider news that seems designed to elicit an emotional response. Don't buy real estate based on emotions, and don't put your kids in a bubble based on your emotions about the pandemic. Breath...just breath.
- Be careful to distinguish between news and opinion. This has never been harder because so many things masquerade as news but are actually opinion pieces. If in doubt, call your mother, but talk about anything other than the pandemic. Weather, maybe?