This week’s blog is written by Dion McGill, SCY Communications and Community Outreach Manager.
It would seem silly to attempt to discuss something other than COVID-19 right now. With press conferences transpiring seemingly by the hour, it seems almost impossible to think about anything else. I must admit my focus has been horrible the past few days.
Also, let me say that I am no doctor. I have no training or background in medicine, epidemiology, infectious diseases, or anything of the sort and going along with that, at a time like now, I have very little constructive information to offer into popular dialogue.
Now if you ask me about advocacy? I know a lot about that. If you ask me the steps to produce a podcast, I know a fair amount of information about that. If you ask me about creating lesson plans, or teaching a class on the civil war, or even about navigation using a map and compass…all of those things I have a background and working knowledge in, and I can start you off with a good bit of reliable information. Medicine though? Nope…not my center of knowledge.
I say that to say this: As we move into the next few days, weeks and months of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we get good, reliable information from good reliable sources; from people who know what they’re talking about, and have a background in a field that is applicable to the discussion.
Not all information or information sources are created equal.
With that being said, please make sure you are getting your information from a reliable source. This week, there are several sources of information that I’ve been relying on.
- City of Chicago Coronavirus Disease 2019 Resource Site
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource Site
- Coronavirus in Illinois Updates
As we move through these unsure moments, let’s make sure that we’re getting good information. As much as I love the interwebs, they can sometimes be misleading and fraught with misinformation.
Be safe friends, wash your hands, and we will be back with you next week.