From social media to text message rumors, news is everywhere and misinformation is rampant. So much so that the WHO added a “Myth busters” section to its website. From the growing amount of noise, reputable thought leaders are emerging. Below, we’ve listed individuals who have a following on Twitter for their coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and publications that have taken extra steps to keep readers informed and up to date.
It’s no surprise that consumers turn to Twitter and social media for quick, brief news updates. With the amount of content posted, it’s important to avoid any misleading information or false headlines. The following experts have been keeping the facts on their feeds and offering key information to keep users up to date. We’ve also linked to existing subscription lists of experts providing coronavirus updates.
- Health experts:
- Existing Subscription Lists:
- Professor and author Jeff Jarvis’ list of over 200+ COVID-19 experts including epidemiologists, virologists, physicians and researchers.
- Health reporter Ben Conarck’s list of scientists, public health experts and a handful of reporters.
- Epidemiologist Ellie Murray’s list of experts working on or tracking the coronavirus outbreak.
During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, outlets are putting aside paywalls and dedicating resources to update the public on what’s happening around the world, as it relates to the coronavirus. We’ve gathered a sample list of media outlets taking initiative to keep Americans informed through summaries, resources and updates free of charge.
The New York Times
- The Coronavirus
Outbreak: The New York Times is providing free
access to news and guidance on the virus outbreak “to help readers understand
the pandemic.” Anyone can sign up for the newsletter using this link to read answers to FAQs, maps and statistics, breaking news updates,
and in-depth articles.
- The Daily: Typically a 30-minute podcast covering a wide variety of topics in addition to “what you need to know today,” The Daily has shifted to predominantly covering how the coronavirus is impacting the world as we know it. Episodes like The Pandemic and the Primary, Alone Together and ‘It’s Like a War’ cover the virus, its implications, and global perspectives.
Wall Street Journal
- Coronavirus live coverage: The Wall Street Journal created a central hub for all of their content related to Coronavirus. They also provide live minute-by-minute updates of events related to the pandemic.
pandemic upends life as we know it: CNN has
reporters providing live updates on a dedicated section on its website. A list of “what you need to know” headlines as well as
updates on travel, health, business and daily life are included.
- Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction: CNN has identified the amount of misinformation spreading due to panic and uncertainty of the virus and has a newsletter with the facts and debunking fiction.
- Coronavirus Articles: The Washington Post has dropped the paywall for all articles covering issues related to the coronavirus. Some key examples include guidance from health officials and updates on economic policy.
- Coronavirus Live Updates: A newsletter, in addition to live updates on their website, providing a “guide to the pandemic” from Washington Post reporters is also available for readers to receive summaries and links to the latest news stories to which they have free access.
- POLITICO Nightly: Coronavirus Special Edition: Known for its widely-distributed newsletters, POLITICO has dedicated the Nightly newsletter to provide updates on how COVID-19 is impacting public policy, the economy and global health. This includes ongoing regulatory negotiations, commentary and actions by the Trump administration, event cancellations, and more.
- Coronavirus dashboard: Axios created an on-brand hub with a brief, numbered list of statistics, news updates and resources for all readers. As Axios provides all of its news free-of-charge, this dashboard is no exception.
- A guide to the COVID-19 pandemic: In a detailed breakdown of the coronavirus pandemic and its implications, The Verge created an accessible resource with links to articles organized by topic. These topics cover the basics of the virus, the response, general guidance, scientific findings and tech initiatives.