How do You Determine What is bad information?

We keep getting so much information regarding COVID-19, we have no idea what is true. Currently there is no cure and we are being asked to social distance and wear a mask. This is not hard. Individual rights have taken priority over community and public health concerns. In the meantime the virus is out of control in this country, and many have died.

A Houston physician stated he was dealing with two issues, COVID-19 and stupidity. He asked people to wear a mask and listen to science.

I heard another physician claim that he have to provide information seven (7) different ways every day to ensure his peers and colleagues where aware of the changes presented by the CDC.

As a registered nurse, I am keenly aware of infection control practices and consider myself well informed, but also find this challenging to keep up with because some of the recommendations do not make sense. The CDC changes their infection control criteria frequently, and when guidance is sought they are quiet.

The criteria for employees to return to work has also changed. Many employers were requiring their staff to have two negative test prior to returning to work. Now, the CDC has recommended employers change to a symptom based screening, because one can have several positive test with no symptoms, and they are saying it is okay to return to work.

The White House is not embracing the science regarding this virus, and continues to send mixed messages to the public. We are all bombarded with all types of questionable information about cures and the seriousness of the virus. As of August 5, 2020, more than one hundred and fifty seven thousand (157,000) people have died in the United States.

This virus is very contagious and those who are exposed may or may not manifest symptoms, and may have residual effects. Who wants to roll that dice to prove a point just because its your right? That is the state affairs for many as the issue of public health and individual rights is being politicized.

I offer a few tips to verify your information.

  1. Use common sense and digest what has been shared. Ask yourself who is sharing the information, do they have the credentials or the science to verify their claims?
  2. Does the information that was shared make sense to you? Do you read additional literature or depend on the internet and television for all your information?
  3. What has science said about the issue? Educate yourself. Read and listen to a variety of sources to validate your findings and review the pros and cons of all issues not just COVID-19.
  4. Put others first and humor the medical community by wearing a mask and social distance. Prevention is not overrated. If we can do what we should now, deaths and exposure could be reduced. Be the change you want to see.
  5. It took many years to get the flu vaccine to market. There is no HIV vaccine either but medications are available to manage the disease.and make it undetectable. Other countries are working to find a cure, for COVID-19 as well and as of August 5, 2020, there is no cure or vaccine available.
  6. I also doubt there will be a vaccine available in 2020.

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You may not care about your life, but do not put others at risk to make a point. It”s not worth it. If you get the virus or give it to a loved one; I am sure your prospective will change. Think about your friends, family and your community. We appreciate it!!

Just trying to keep you informed!!

Dr. Marilyn Crosby

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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