We’ve all heard how pandemics, such as COVID-19, spread exponentially through a population. Unfortunately, misinformation – spread by posters on social media and inaccurate “news” stories reported by unreliable sites – also feed into the panic and anxiety many people are currently feeling.
And, when you have kidney problems, such as those with kidney disease, or if you’re on dialysis, or are a kidney transplant recipient – you may feel especially anxious and vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You are not alone and it’s important that you understand how to know which information you can trust. The most reliable and current information about COVID-19 can be found at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov) and the World Health Organization (WHO.org) websites.
Other important sources of accurate news include nonprofit organizations with a mission to serve patients, especially in their time of need, including the National Kidney Foundation (kidney.org) and your hospital, doctor, transplant, or dialysis center website.
Many major news agencies are reliable sources of information – but sometimes they may rush to report stories, resulting in news may be incomplete or not entirely accurate. A good idea is to stick to larger news organizations and those you are already familiar with and trust.
Social media: use caution
And then, there’s social media. Remember, pretty much anyone can post just about anything on a public online forum, which is why it’s important to not believe everything you see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, WhatsApp, and other platforms. The posts on social media are not fact-checked or verified for accuracy and may cause confusion for readers.
Be part of the solution
We are all eager for the latest news on COVID-19 – we just need to be certain the news we see, and share, is accurate. Otherwise, we are also contributing to the problem.