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In addition to following all the instructions of the WHO to protect our health, for over a month we must also be very attentive to news, to fake news, to all that chatter about this 21st century pandemic that can upset our psyche . Not only that, in addition to our balance, to be protected, it is important to know where to read the numbers of the coronavirus to understand where the world is heading and what to expect at the level of directives in the near future. For ourselves, for our work, for the people we love and who maybe will meet a difficult period, or less.
There are those who get more information and others less, and it is not about the amount of news read or heard per day that you want to talk about in this article. Few or many, it is good that turn out to be true.
Where to read the numbers of the coronavirus
We find them everywhere and at any time, and months and months will pass before newspapers, TV but also social networks and radio disappear. This is why it is important to learn how to select sources of quality and limit our exposure to untrue news and rumors.
Unfortunately together with the desire to inform their audience, on these occasions the desire to take advantage of it to grow in numbers, capture new fans, make headlines with the news also triggers in certain subjects. Like? Distorting, exaggerating, looking for scoops that do not exist but that can attract the attention of those who, perhaps worried, believe quickly in what they read without exercising, out of anxiety, a bit of a critical spirit.
The pandemic has made us more fragile, even in the face of the flood of news on the web and on paper, on TV and on radio. Here's how to defend yourself and cultivate your own garden of healthy informants, you can really trust. There are, believe me, there are and many too. They don't scream, but they are found if you look for them.
The first rule to go in search of news and real numbers is to consult the primary sources of information or those articles or services that are always authentic to them. There is the epidemiological portal of the Higher Institute of Health, Epicenter, which publishes updates on the infection in an ad hoc section, garnished with some useful information on the pandemic. For those who have no problems with English, there is also the portal ofWHO which gives numbers or even practical advice, such as those for making disinfectant gel and amuchina at home. Not very promptly, but also the Ministry of Health it has a special section and if you want something very technical, on the medical side, you can also consult it PubMed. A visual representation, useful and interesting, as well as updated, is the one offered by Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.
How to share the numbers of the coronavirus
We too can become sources of news, good or bad, true or false. We too can choose to let quality information win and not put fuel on the damage done fake news or in the alarmist tones of certain newspapers. We are not only "victims" but also executioners, or at least accomplices, if we share news that is not true or exaggerated or that trivializes important issues. Let's remember, every time we post something on social media.
As a second piece of advice, to focus on the issues that are really important today, without being enchanted by the charm of sensationalism. The stories around the coronavirus they are a chat, beautiful or ugly they are not particularly useful if not to the media to keep the public glued to themselves, What is important today is to understand what are the official indications on our behavior, how to move, how much to move, what to eat, how to protect yourself, how to help stop the infection. This is important and this is what we must pretend to know.
How to read the numbers on the new coronavirus
A particular focus should be on the numbers, which for weeks and weeks have been provided to us on a daily basis, now less so since theappointment with the press conference at 18.00 has changed from daily to biweekly. If those numbers are important to the experts, a little less for us because we do not have the tools and notions to interpret them and, without many explanations, they just throw us into chaos. One day it seems that everything can settle down in a few weeks, the next the virus appears invincible.
A strong discussion is still underway for example to understand how to define coronavirus deaths and then estimate the true lethality rate of a disease. The mathematical formula is easy, but the medical evaluation and the boundary between dead "because of" rather than "also because" is much more difficult and certainly not mathematical. There science observes and sometimes makes assumptions. In recent months we would like more than ever that he would give us certainties but he never did. Hypotheses are advanced, they are verified, they are studied, deepened, trying to get by in a sea of uncertainties.
In addition to the attribution of coronavirus deaths, there is also confusion in assessing the number of infected which must include who is hospitalized after having tested positive for the new coronavirus but also who has the virus and is at home in quarantine? What about the possible infected who may currently be incubating without symptoms? Not to mention the asymptomatic, how can we count them?
Considering that these are not trivial data to understand and communicate, it is very important to be sure of the source of information we rely on, because anyone can cripple them and draw wrong and misleading conclusions. An epidemic of this kind is unprecedented, for which we are all unprepared, doctors, journalists and even the "public", let's take our time and gradually there will be more certainties, more data, more useful information on how to treat covid19.
Does it seem impossible to you? Then think about how many diseases in human history have been defeated, think today how many are the viruses that we know to control but that once killed many people. In time, we will get there.
How much time?
That necessary. And instead of counting down on a “end covid19” reference that we don't have, it's better to focus on the here and now and act for the best.