Sourcing science journals and other fact-based publications for the truth, making the info digestible and accessible to all.
There is a lot of information being published and everyone seems to have advice.
The challenge has been 1) filtering for factual, science-based information, 2) trying to figure out which articles qualify as that and 3) spreading that information in a short, concise and layperson-friendly way. Our extended family has been relying on sharing published articles from reputable (preferably peer-reviewed) science journals or evidence-based sources with each other via a group text chain. We read, share, discuss and those within the group that have a scientific background sometimes translate the takeaway from these articles because they can be a little technical, long and/or dense. We also look for articles that are written by or reference medical professionals or experts in this field.
We also check the CDC website regularly and reference our own medical provider's announcement emails for what we should or should not be doing at home. We then try to cross-reference the information provided by these US-based sources with international sources to see if there is agreement on an international level, especially from countries that are ahead of the US on the COVID-19 timeline. There isn't always agreement.
To stay sane, we try our best to ignore social media posts, copy/pasted text announcements that are not sourced, and other opinions through hearsay.
In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?
We've done a number of things to change our behaviors: deciding to self-quarantine, understanding shelter-in-place practices, avoiding public places, longer and more frequent hand-washing, working from home and pausing nanny care, wearing an N95 mask when in public to protect others, resisting the temptation to buy more than we need and canceling planned trips for the next 2 months.
In what ways did you share this information?
Group texts, in-person conversations, emails, video chats, WhatsApp, social media messaging.
What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?
How to support elderly people or those at-risk that are close (physically or by relationship), what happens to someone after they test positive and what should they do, how to mentally and physically prepare for testing positive, how to cope emotionally, how to support the underserved, progress on finding a vaccination, who's working on the vaccinations, are world leaders sharing best practices, are the local government and federal governments coordinated in efforts?
What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?
The underserved, the homeless, undocumented immigrants, those who speak ESL, those who generally have less access to resources and factual information than others. I think information for everyone, should be peer-reviewed and sourced. I also think there should be a way for a layperson to digest information from science journal publications, a translation of sorts, and there's a need for boiling down of information so it is not overwhelming during stressful times.