Overwhelmed by Covid-19 news? Here’s where to find reliable information online

Mar 26, 2020
We've compiled a list of the best online coronavirus resources we could find. Source: Getty.

These days it’s hard to watch TV, open a newspaper or scroll through social media without reading about coronavirus. But with so much information around, it can be hard to keep on top of it all or know where to place your trust. We know there’s a lot of useful and reliable information online, but there’s also a lot of misinformation. So, we’ve compiled a list of the best online resources where you can find helpful, reliable information to help you stay up-to-date during these times of uncertainty.

World Health Organization (WHO)

If there are questions you don’t have answers to, the World Health Organization (WHO) has most likely already covered it — from symptoms and prevention to who’s most at risk and whether you should wear a mask to protect yourself. WHO is also the best place to go for the latest updates from around the globe.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a simple five-step process you should follow to remove any germs or bacteria that you may have come into contact with from sneezing into your hands, touching a dirty handrail or shaking hands with a colleague.

Department of Health

For the latest advice and information about Covid-19 symptoms, testing, and social distancing, visit the Department of Health website. You can also call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 for more information and advice about Covid-19. For local information click on the following links: NSW Health, Victoria State Government Department of Health and Human Services, Queensland Health, SA Health, Government of Western Australia Department of Health, Northern Territory Government Department of HealthTasmanian Government Department of Health and ACT Government Health.

Health Direct Australia

If you’re feeling unwell, Health Direct Australia has launched a free online Covid-19 Symptom Checker to find out if you need medical assistance. There is also plenty of helpful information for older Australians on why they’re more likely to develop severe symptoms from the virus, how to boost your immune system against the coronavirus, social distancing and avoiding infection.

NPS MedicineWise

Another good source of information on the virus is not-for-profit organisation NPS MedicineWise. The organisation has regular updates on how to get the most from your medicine in times of a pandemic, including whether you need to stock up on supplies.

Important information: The information provided on this website is of a general nature and information purposes only. It does not take into account your personal health requirements or existing medical conditions. It is not personalised health advice and must not be relied upon as such. Before making any decisions about your health or changes to medication, diet and exercise routines you should determine whether the information is appropriate in terms of your particular circumstances and seek advice from a medical professional.

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