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Coronavirus COVID-19: 15 Sites You Can Trust for Reliable Information

Megan Ellis 03-04-2020

In times of crisis, misinformation and disinformation take advantage of panic—something we’re seeing with the sheer amount of fake news around the coronavirus pandemic. But with a medical crisis like this, false information can prove deadly.

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Considering that there’s so much unreliable information on the virus and its resulting disease, how do you know what to trust? We’ve rounded up the best online tools for reliable and trustworthy information on the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19.

1. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Map and Dashboard

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The coronavirus map from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University is one of the first, most reliable, and up-to-date sources for information on the spread of the coronavirus.

The map tracks the number of cases, deaths, and recoveries for regions and countries around the world. It also has a total global roundup of confirmed cases, deaths and recoveries—updated frequently with the newest numbers.

2. World Health Organization Coronavirus Website

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While the World Health Organization (WHO) doesn’t always have the latest numbers on the coronavirus spread, it has reliable information regarding preventive measures, new research, travel advice, and frequently asked questions.

The website acts as a hub for global developments in the pandemic, as well as updates on the latest developments and statements from the organization.

3. CDC Coronavirus Portal

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The COVID-19 website from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the most relevant for Americans—providing information on what to do if you are sick and links to the latest statements from the White House.

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The website also provides information on the spread of the coronavirus across US states. However, even non-Americans can find useful information on the website, such as symptoms and information about at-risk groups.

4. WHO Coronavirus Myth Busters Microsite

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While the general WHO website is useful for coronavirus information, the organization also runs a “myth busters” microsite. The site dispels myths and fake news unfolding during this crisis 10 Tips to Avoid (Spreading) Fake News During a Crisis Here's how to avoid fake news and how you can stop spreading fake news on social media. Read More .

The website rounds up common misconceptions around how and when the virus spreads, preventative measures, and other areas of popular misinformation. It even has a specific section dedicated to when and how to use masks.

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5. Google Fact Check Tools for COVID-19

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Fake news around coronavirus and COVID-19 is rife. Not only is there disinformation regarding treatments and the spread of the virus, but also fake news stories around events, government actions, and community responses.

Google’s Fact Check Tools website has been around for some time, but you can use it for coronavirus fact checks specifically. The tool rounds up fake news from different sources, including social media, and provides a fact-checking analysis from reputable organizations.

6. UN Coronavirus Website

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The coronavirus website for the United Nations is another international source for information on the pandemic. Rather than only focusing on the health-related aspects of the pandemic, the website also documents its effect on vulnerable groups and nations.

The site includes tips for life under lockdown, as well as information about the UN’s global efforts to help those living in poverty or hard-hit nations.

7. NHS Coronavirus Information Hub

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For those living in the UK, the website for the National Health Service (NHS) provides not only provides information on how to stop the spread of the virus but also outlines lockdown rules.

The NHS site also provides relevant contact numbers for those experiencing symptoms of the virus, as well as advice for those needing non-COVID-related medical advice.

8. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

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For those living in the European Union, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provides updates from the region’s health agency. The website rounds up the latest developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic, with both global and regional data.

Like other health agency websites, the ECDC site provides FAQ answers, infographics, and facts around the virus and the disease it causes.

9. National Institutes of Health (NIH) COVID-19 Website

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is based in the US, but provides globally relevant information. What sets the site apart from those listed above is that it also provides resources for those working at schools, within the community, or in healthcare.

Meanwhile, other useful resources include CDC posters and videos explaining the virus.

10. WHO Health Alert on WhatsApp

To help reach more people, especially those who don’t have a consistent connection to the internet, the World Health Organization launched the WHO Health Alert service on WhatsApp.

The service lets you text the WHO account for updates on global case numbers, advice for protecting yourself, tips for coping with lockdown, and more. It even provides a roundup of the top myths included on the WHO Myth Busters portal.

You can add the service as a contact on WhatsApp and text “hi” to get started.

11. IFCN COVID-19 Fact-Checking Page

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The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) has created the #CoronaVirusFacts Alliance to debunk myths and fake news about the pandemic. The service is useful for users across the world, using fact checkers based in 45 countries around the world.

Another benefit of the site is its language variety. Articles are available in 15 languages, making it far more accessible to people outside of Western countries where English isn’t widely spoken.

12. First Draft Coronavirus Resources

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While the First Draft coronavirus hub is primarily for reporters, it is a useful tool for anyone who wants to learn how to fact-check and find reliable information on COVID-19. The website includes links to verification tools, a misinformation database, a reading list, and links to reliable sources.

The website also publishes useful articles and guides, such as how to double-check coronavirus information.

13. US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Coronavirus Site

The FDA coronavirus website covers a lot of the same information as other health websites, but also research and studies regarding potential treatments. At the time of writing, no medications or treatments have been approved for COVID-19.

However, if treatments are found and approved, this is one of the first places you’ll see reliable information regarding this.

14. National Government Official Hubs

Most countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic will have their own local website providing information on the pandemic.

For regions we have not covered already in this list, there are a number of national websites people can use to get official information.

These include:

15. WhatsApp Fact-Checking Organizations

In an effort to combat fake news, WhatsApp has listed various fact-checking organization accounts on its service. These services allow you forward information received on WhatsApp (or other stories and links) to the relevant local organization.

Depending on the level of automation, the organizations will respond with their fact-checking report. For example, Africa Check’s bot will respond with any available fact checks or forward your tip onto the organization.

How to Avoid Coronavirus Fake News and Misinformation

Besides relying on trustworthy sources of information, there are a few other things you can do to avoid fake news and misinformation around the coronavirus pandemic.

A few tips include:

  • Verify the source and context of videos and photos that claim to show lockdown or pandemic circumstances. Decontexualized media is often shared to spread misinformation. For example, images of hospital beds outdoors after an earthquake in Croatia were shared by accounts claiming that they were current images from Italy’s coronavirus pandemic.
  • Only read news stories from trusted and verified news organizations that issue retractions or corrections when information is incorrect.
  • Avoid opinions and claims by non-experts. These include columns, but also panel discussions, social media posts, and more. The best sources of information are experts qualified in the topic they are discussing.
  • Avoid trusting information on treatments and health from businesses trying to sell a product. Scammers selling fake cures or preventions are using the pandemic to make money.

Finally, it’s important to understand that the visualizations of data and information can be edited or decontextualized. Find the original graph or media from its source. A logo doesn’t make something official—rather check the original source (e.g. a verified health department social media account).

Don’t use screenshots or decontextualized media as the basis for your coronavirus knowledge.

How Google Helps You Find Coronavirus Information

If you’re finding tracking the coronavirus pandemic overwhelming, Google has provided a simpler way to follow news around the topic. The company launched a Google COVID-19 microsite to help you keep track of coronavirus news Google Launches a Site for COVID-19 Information and Resources Google's COVID-19 microsite contains information and resources all about the illness, giving everyone a one-stop shop to visit. Read More . Find out more about the tool, and where it gets its information, in our story on the announcement.

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  1. Serge Shammas
    May 1, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Very disappointed with the list. I trust none of them to tell the truth about the virus.
    You are totally biased or are working for/getting paid by one or more of the listed organizations.

  2. Michael Mantion
    April 16, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    This list is pretty much sites that provide no useful information or inaccurate information.

  3. Diana
    April 14, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Have you researched the WHO? I love MUO but this was seriously disappointing to read. And the addition of the UN and Google just made it worse. I advise some lengthy research into the WHO and its many conflicts of interest. They support who lines their pockets, pharmaceutical companies being a big one. To make these kinds of statements is horrific..

    opioid dependence “occurs in less than 1% of patients,” and that “if prescribed in accordance with established dosage regimens, are known to be safe and there is no need to fear accidental death or dependence.”

    “ Remarkably, in its 2012 opioid guidance for children with cancer pain, WHO claims “there is no maximum dosage of strong opioids like OxyContin for children,” Clark and Rogers note. “The WHO published this claim despite the fact that U.S. public health agencies have found that fatal overdoses skyrocket in adult patients who are prescribed above 90 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) per day,”

    No maximum dosage for children??? 🤔

  4. Thomas Paine
    April 14, 2020 at 12:03 am

    Those who are concerned about WHO, UN, and Google as a source are getting their “truth” from... ??? FOX News? Dedicated followers of fascism.

    • Harry
      April 14, 2020 at 2:39 pm

      Not at all. We're just not brainwashed liberals and can think for ourselves, using multiple data sources to form an educated opinion.
      We're all aware that on a great many issues, Google is about as impartial as CNN and has a similar agenda in promoting a certain viewpoint.
      We're aware that the UN is nearly always an inneffective waste of space and their comrades in the WHO, assisted the spread of this virus.
      Firstly by ignoring Taiwan, secondly by believing China and not checking the data, thirdly by covering for the CCP's incompetence and parroting their extensive deceitful claims, fourthly for criticising countries that wanted to stop air travel and shut borders early on.
      The WHO's actions have been both incompetent and criminal throughout.

      • John Smith
        April 18, 2020 at 9:37 pm

        Amazing how everyone who dare to think for themselves is accused of fascism by no other than our liberal friends, who belong to the same school that produced fascism and similar ideologies.

        Funny thing also, the "danger to the free press" crowd also screech "Fox News!", and they can't see their own hypocrisy.

    • John Smith
      April 18, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      You are a piece of work.
      You think only Fox News is out there?
      And what exactly is your malfunction with Fox News?
      With all their faults at least they did not cover up several outbreaks to protect their masters like the WHO did to China.
      You see to be another "sane" liberal. Immediately scream "Fox News" when you see an opposing opinion.
      You try to silence the opposing opinion and smear those who dare to think differently and ask for better information.
      That is what actual fascism looks like, and like them, you want everyone to be part of the echo chamber or your would smear them.
      Amazing how you can't do a simple research in this day and age of technology and seeing you already have an Internet connection. Too bad you don't know how to use it.

  5. Michael Redd
    April 13, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    I do not like Bing, but Microsoft seems to have the most uptodate tracker.
    It is just a simple tracker; and that is what I need the most.

    https://www.bing.com/covid

    thanks, M

  6. Telma
    April 13, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    uh.....you have WHO on here twice? The UN and Google....all as trustworthy?? Did you do any research on your own, or are you just on a steady diet of the main stream media kool-aid?

  7. ROCSTER
    April 5, 2020 at 2:58 am

    WHO, UN or Google are not trustworthy... Google has agendas and censors information for that agenda and tracks and uses your information. The WHO is a puppet for China! Come on they are bought and paid for by the Chinese.. all you have to do is a little digging around to see it. Plus their early directions and predictions on this pandemic were so wrong. The UN ?????? How long you guys been around... when Dictators and countries like Iran get on the Women Rights Commission or Human Rights Committee YOU TRUST THEM?????? !!!!!!!! I found someone else I don't trust when it comes to serious issues.. M.U.D. stay in you tech lane maybe you won't end up in the ditch as much.

  8. dragonmouth
    April 3, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    "How to Avoid Coronavirus Fake News and Misinformation"
    Stay away from any WHO, UN or Google site. They are all extolling China and putting it up as a model on how to handle the pandemic.

    "Only read news stories from trusted and verified news organizations that issue retractions or corrections when information is incorrect."
    That disqualifies all US media outlets since all of them have a political agenda and spin, fold and mutilate the facts to fit that agenda.

    "Avoid opinions and claims by non-experts."
    See the point above.

    "The best sources of information are experts qualified in the topic they are discussing."
    Unfortunately, the media take whatever information the experts offer and twist it to fit their agenda.

  9. John Smith
    April 3, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    Are you seriously recommending WHO as a reliable source, and asking readers to trust them? Seriously?
    Did you miss all the scandals and criticism they had since this started? How they were basically parroting China's propaganda?
    I can't take such article seriously with such recommendation.