“Declaring a public health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the president has imposed a temporary ban on entry for foreign nationals who have been to China in the last 14 days,” The Washington Post reports. “American citizens returning from mainland China would be subject to health screening and up to 14 days of quarantine.
“Health care has long been a target of misinformation, because it plays into existing fears. This is especially true for disease outbreaks, which can spread faster than the news cycle is equipped to handle,” Fischer and Fried write for Axios. Such misinformation can make outbreaks worse, because people may mistrust even accurate information about how to stop the spread of diseases.
“This is the latest lesson in why society needs information providers who practice a discipline of verification. In other words, journalists. And news outlets to pay them fairly and enforce standards,” says Al Cross, director of the University of Kentucky‘s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, which publishes Kentucky Health News. Here is reliable coronavirus information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.