Fake news is a term we hear quite often these days for good reason. Even the most prominent news media sources have been caught sharing less than accurate information. Unfortunately for the healthcare community, many fake news stories are health-related and lead to a number of issues for providers and patients alike. Why? Because fake news has staying power long after the story has been debunked.
Fake Health News is Dangerous and Sharing It Makes You Part of the Problem
Fake health news is more prevalent today than ever before. As the virus spread throughout the U.S., our social media feeds filled with alleged remedies and miraculous preventative measures. Everything from warm, lemon water, garlic, and traditional African remedies were touted as cures. Most of these were harmless to try. But other unproven stories that called for taking certain medicines prescribed for other medical conditions were not only dangerous but downright deadly. That’s why we caution against sharing health news stories that don’t come from a reliable health source.
How to Separate Fact from Fiction
You don’t want to be that person spreading false information to your friends and loved ones. Luckily, avoiding this faux pas is simple. A quick Google search is usually all you need to find out if the information you’re reading is true or false. Google itself is constantly monitoring for and removing misinformation from YouTube, Maps, and advertisements. They also provide information from the best credible sources at the top of their search engine results.
Articles from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, state health departments, and national health organizations appear first in Google search results because they are considered to be the most credible and factual sources of health information. These sources are free of opinions and bias agendas that lead to skewed information.
The best rule to remember for filtering out fake health news is to stick to the facts. Check every story you find against the information given through one of the many credible health sources available online. Be part of the solution to fake health news by letting your friends and family know when they are sharing false information.
Another credible source of health information is your primary care provider! You already trust their expertise which makes them perfect for answering your burning health questions. Contact your EliteCare provider today for your health questions and concerns and don’t forget to schedule a check-up during your call.