News about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is as widespread and fast-moving as the virus itself. It can be hard to absorb, plus COVID-19 news is often conveyed with a sense of urgency that can make us panic about making the right choices—too much information, not enough time. This is all new territory for modern science communication. For the most part, though, it’s been so far so good. Many federal agencies and hospital networks have excellent COVID-19 information posted on their websites—facts, precautions, frequently asked questions, and more. Make sure to check these sources for reliable and comprehensive information over the coming months. Even though these reliable sources have been doing a good job, there is still plenty of misinformation coming from unreliable sources (including some popular news feeds and networks).
In the meantime, here are five key COVID-19 related information items that haven’t been well enough understood to-date: