In an age where information is available at your fingertips, it is very easy to get information that can be misleading as well. Such is the case with COVID-19, which has seen Social media outlets like Facebook and YouTube spring up with all kinds of “helpful tips” and “sources” on COVID. OSF Director of Infection Lori Grooms says thanks to unknowns, the spread of misinformation is probably spreading faster than COVID is.
There is also a danger of people tuning out real information because they just don’t know what to believe anymore.
One area of strong misinformation is in mask-wearing. The Center for Disease Control wasn’t pushing mask wearing for everyone for fear of people buying all the masks and creating a shortage. Grooms is now concerned that the fight has become political.
Grooms recommends everyone get their information directly from the CDC or your local public health departments.