The Sources You Should Follow for Official COVID-19 Updates
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, March 19, 2020 1:51pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
The rising case of COVID-19 in the Philippines causes a huge amount of worry and fear. Sometimes, though, what causes panic are the fake news and. At this point, we should learn how to educate ourselves and be wise in choosing which information is true and which is not. We can do that by following only the credible and legitimate websites and social media pages.
See the local and international sites we can check for COVID-19 information and updates.
Department of Health Facebook Page
As the principal health agency of the Philippines, the Department of Health has the responsibility to update every citizen of the news about COVID-19 and other health hazards. They provide information on the number of positive cases in the country and educates the public on how to lessen the spread of the disease. Their Facebook page is one of the fastest ways to acquire information and read the news.
Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Facebook Page
This non-profit agency works hand in hand with DOH. They provide updates plus share news from reliable media agencies. They share information like DOH hotlines and myth-busting facts about COVID-19 on Facebook.
Credible News Resources
Social media is filled with information--some of them are legit while others just cause misinformation. It’s important that we know the trustworthy and credible online news websites where we can get updates.
Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines)
For government-related announcements and updates, the Presidential Communication is one of the social media pages you should follow. They provide live videos of press conferences and infographics about community quarantine and other useful information. Follow them on Facebook.
In times of pandemic and other calamities, one of the parents’ priorities is the safety of the children. UNICEF created a comprehensive article on what parents should know about COVID-19. This article is helpful not only to those with kids, but also to everyone aiming to educate themselves in order to combat COVID-19 properly.
World Health Organization (WHO) Website and Social Media Pages
WHO provides news, instructions, and other information that can help the public. They have COVID-19 myth-busters and situational reports people can turn to in the midst of the pandemic. For easier news access, you can also check their Facebook page.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website
It’s convenient for us to have all the information about COVID-19 all in one place. With that, CDC provided a situational report on their website, stating what is COVID-19, how it started, who are prone to this disease, how to prevent its spread, and other useful information. This situational report is updated from time to time.
As citizens, it is our duty to educate ourselves about the pandemic and other calamities. Let’s be wise in which information we should consume and let’s have the habit of verifying news before we can share them. Sharing is caring, but remember to have your facts checked before you do so.