While I’ve watched the amount of misinformation being spread online grow geometrically over the last decade, I’m absolutely astonished—frankly, I’m horrified—at the massive amount of misdirection, misinformation, and outright lies being circulated now with regard to the coronavirus [Time.com]. Much of this misinformation is politically motivated. Some of it is simply clickbait. Worse, some of it is intended to steal your personal information.
To help provide resources for accurate information, I’d like to introduce you to:
Johns Hopkins’ experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19—their work, research, and writing is valued and relied on worldwide.
GHN is a premier resource on the coronavirus for general audiences and professionals alike. Johns Hopkins developed the website as a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide response, improve care, and save lives.
Johns Hopkins says that as the media swarms the coronavirus story, most news articles focus on numbers of cases and deaths, new locations of cases, etc. “Lost in the shuffle,” they say, “are the important public health insights about how viruses work and humans respond. To help improve understanding of an emerging outbreak’s complex dynamics, GHN has reached out to some of the world’s most respected global health experts for their quick ‘reality checks’ on key issues related to the outbreak.”
Global Health NOW is a not-for-profit initiative of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It was launched as a free weekday e-newsletter in March 2014 and rapidly attracted subscribers around the world who rely on it as a source for their global health news. The mobile-ready website globalhealthnow.org came online in March 2015, delivering more exclusive stories and commentaries, breaking news, and news summaries.
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