Whether it be a cough here or a headache there — I have found that many of my friends have been googling and reporting everything that they find on the Coronavirus. It makes sense – we are all going through an extremely scary and unprecedented time. Some of us are most fearful of the economic impact the pandemic is having, others focusing on the health implications for loved ones and ourselves. No matter the reason, everyone is feeling the hurt and already has a personal story on how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted their lives.

In this digital age, the spread of information has never been easier. Between social media, texting, and even the resurgence of apps such as Houseparty – quarantining and connecting with others is apart of our everyday lives. In many ways, this constant digital communication is incredible. However, it becomes very dangerous when we spread around rumors about Coronavirus, or things that are not confirmed yet. Worst of all, so many facts out there are inconclusive or are not credible, which can put lives at risk and cause more of a panic than we already have.

Here’s the truth of the matter: this virus is brand new and there is still so little we know about it. Instead of listening to friends and family on what to do in certain situations, or hearing about the “latest development” of the virus, take a minute and do your own research first before blindly believing. Every case is different, so the advice given to one person may not be the same you should be following. Stay on the side of caution. There is so much conflicting news online. Before you take any drastic measures that can put you or someone else at risk, speak to your medical provider or look at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations. We will all get through this together. Stay calm, and make sure to get your information from trustworthy sources.

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