Infectious misinformation: the most contagious agent of 2020

Around 18% of the population struggles with either mental illness or substance use disorder — both of which may worsen under life in a pandemic.

The indefinite physical distancing and unclear path to normal life aggravates one of the most troubling stressors. Uncertainty.

Knowledge is power — and calm.

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How do I tell what information is reputable?

Credible sources have three traits.

Reputable sources accurately represent information because not to could spell ruin. Where credibility is the currency, you can trust that it’s protected.

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Here are three theoretical treatments of the same story.

Not Reputable:

Possibly Reputable:

Reputable:

Accurate information gives us a sense of control and eliminates the fear and uncertainty. Even when we know something unpleasant awaits us, knowing helps.

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Stress can harm you. Protect yourself.

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Harvard Health Publishing, 2018
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