Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, people struggled with misinformation about health conditions, vaccines and online treatments. With the ever-evolving pandemic, it can be difficult to keep track of and understand what is real and what is false – especially if your primary source of news is social media.
A Pew survey found that 23% of Americans reported sharing fake news at one point or another.
It is important to be up to date on COVID-19 guidance in order to understand your local regulations. Misinformation continues to spread about topics such as home treatments, how you get infected and what is safe or unsafe when you go out in public.
As the number of COVID-19 infections increases worldwide, it is now more important than ever to understand the facts and guidelines to protect yourself.
Fighting the Infodemic
Census officials say they are not only fighting a pandemic, but also an "infodemic." Defined as an abundance of information ̵
Remember to ask yourself the following questions to sort the facts about coronavirus from fiction:
- Who's saying that? Check not only who sent the article or graphics to you, but also the author and whether it was posted by a well-known publication. When it comes to healthcare, peer-reviewed journals add another level of credibility to research.
- What proof do they have? Consider the information more credible if there are additional links or evidence in the article.
- When was this published? It's easy to share outdated information, especially on social media. Check the date, as the pandemic continues to develop rapidly day by day.
- Where else is it reported? Do a quick online search to see if trusted organizations (such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, or local public health officials) also report it.
- Why do they say that? Try to understand the funding of the study, which may affect its credibility. Some organizations may have a motive or bias.
If you are still not sure, ask yourself if you believe in the information. Trust your gut and rely on solid sources.
When the weather warms up, you'll probably be out and about enjoying it. But did you know that the sun's rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes? Avoiding excessive exposure to the sun is ultimately the best way to protect your body from sun damage and skin cancer. Here are some tips to protect yourself:
- Avoid the sun between 11.00 and 15.00, when the rays are the strongest.
- Wear clothes made of tightly woven fabrics and a hat that protects your face, neck and ears.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Use sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and apply it all over the body and lips. Apply again at least every two hours – and after swimming or sweating.
Check your skin routinely for any blemishes or changes in color or appearance. If you have any problems, see your doctor.
An estimated 3.9 million American adults use some form of probiotic or prebiotic drug. There is no denying that probiotics, whether found in yogurt or capsules, are a popular health trend – especially with probiotic sales expected to exceed $ 6 billion in the United States this year.
Probiotics (aka good bacteria) are living microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits when consumed or applied to the body. However, a new report from the American Gastroenterological Association explains that probiotics do not do much for intestinal health. Choosing an effective probiotic means adapting the probiotic strain to the disease that needs treatment. For the most part, product markings without a disk will be helpful when trying to figure it out.
The report's main takeaway is not all probiotics are created equal. Some strains are very effective for diseases and should not be overlooked due to research that clumps together all probiotics. Probiotics require a personal approach, so consult your doctor to find out if probiotics are right for you.
We all here at CoverLink wish you continued health and safety this year!