COVID-19: Health Websites We Recommend

Posted March 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is on everyone’s minds, and it’s natural to go online for information. Unfortunately, with the enormous number of websites, navigating what’s accurate, unreliable or downright bogus isn’t always easy. 

That’s why it’s important to check certain details before trusting posted medical information. For example: 

• Do medical professionals serve on the board of directors or as advisers for the website? 

• Is the medical information current? 

• Are health articles written or reviewed by health care professionals? 

Red flags for fake health websites include research that sounds too good to be true, conspiracy theories about COVID-19’s origins and products that “cure” COVID-19.

To find trustworthy health websites, look for .org, .edu, and .gov website addresses., including:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.coronavirus.gov

Food and Drug Administration — Fraudulent COVID-19 Products: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/health-fraud-scams/fraudulent-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-products

National Institutes of Health: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus#!/detail/403327

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Harvard, Yale, Mayo, UCLA and many other well-known medical centers, universities, government agencies and non-profit organizations are also good sources.

Bottom line: Don’t rely on website health information without talking to your health care provider first.

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