Did the tank actually drive down Décarie Blvd. on a Sunday in Montreal? Was the family getting fined at Port Coquitlam a few weeks ago trying to do something good to the community or making a profit out of this crisis?
While staying informed and current is crucial at this special period of time, many of us may also feel like being dragged down to the rabbit hole with a mix of useful information, fake news and alternative facts.
From causing unnecessary waste of time, raising panic among the public to building false hopes and boosting racial discriminations, the negative impact following and spreading fake news exerts into our society can be extremely enormous, sometimes even at the cost of lives.
As we navigate through each day filled with uncertainties caused by COVID-19, it has become more important than ever for us to be able to fact check, and make sure we’re getting access to useful updates and resources via reliable sources. Simply re-posting on social media without checking the source could be devastating.
For the latest updates on clinical breakthroughs, statistics, public policies, visit the Government of Canada website. Similar web pages may also be found at provincial, territorial and municipal levels; for the newest report regarding your communities, you should check out credible news media or sign up to the newsfeed.
If you’re feeling unwell and can’t be sure of what you’re going through after using the COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool, go see a doctor, or seek help from healthcare authorities.
Last but not least, please stay calm and spread words of kindness. Only through collective efforts will we be able to put this to an end sooner than later.