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Telling the Truth

Telling the Truth  3/20/20

 

Choices we make regarding what we do and don't do always have consequences, for better or worse, for ourselves and others, even if those consequences are not immediately apparent.

When it comes to health, we can make front-line choices that protect and promote health and prevent or decrease the risk for illness and disease for ourselves and those whom we care for and care about, or we can make choices that don't. The larger community stands to benefit or suffer as a result of the choices that individuals make.

Websites, social media, newspapers, TV, family and friends are sources of information about COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.  However, not all of it is accurate or reliable.  It is essential that the information we consume be accurate, so choose your information sources carefully.

Misinformation and scams can be harmful to people.  Two of the harmful effects of misinformation are that it results in us not seeking and following accurate information, and then suffering the consequences, and it can also result in our wasting of time and money.

Websites with addresses ending with .gov and .edu present information without commercial bias and are most likely to be based on scientific research.  Websites of well-established, respected medical care providers (clinics, hospitals,) and well-known and respected medical or disease-specific associations can also be reliable sources for health information.  However, be on guard against unreliable sites that have a name that mimics or is close to or similar to that of a legitimate, reliable source of information.

Sources of accurate, reliable, trustworthy information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) include:

In the face of the widespread COVID-19 disease, CDC offers online guidance not only for protecting yourself, your family and your home, but also for managing anxiety and stress.  For example:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

Other CDC guidance and resources can be found online at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html  

NDSU Extension offers online guidance for healthy lifestyle choices that are always appropriate and also help support your immune system at these sites:

 NDSU Extension also offers online guidance for managing stress at these sites:

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/health-fitness/nourishing-your-mind-and-body-manage-stress-for-better-health/fs1730-manage-stress-for-better-health.pdf

https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/farmranchstress  

To safeguard your emotional and mental wellness, check out the tips and resources for news literacy, media balance, and healthy communication provided by Common Sense Education online at https://www.commonsense.org/education/articles/reduce-student-anxiety-and-your-own-during-uncertain-times?j=7702172&sfmc_sub=171862257&l=2048712_HTML&u=143457638&mid=6409703&jb=326&utm_source=edu_nl_20200317&utm_medium=email&fbclid=IwAR0AcAygaledmLor-hION0u2xap4CXEuC_6uTvV2A2sVkmADm_TuXuswL4o

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