With so many sources online sharing a mix of information, misinformation, facts, theories and opinions about the COVID-19 virus and vaccines, it's tricky to know which to trust. Here's a list of some reliable sources and tips for reporting on or sharing COVID-19 related information.
Wondering where you can find updated and reliable information about COVID-19 and the vaccine rollout? Visit these websites as your first source of information:
South African organisations:
- The South African government website is a reliable and official source of COVID-19 and vaccine information that is worth visiting. Check the National Department of Health's dedicated COVID-19 portal here
- The National Institute for Communicable Diseases' (NICD, which forms part of the National Health Laboratory Service) has a dedicated COVID-19 hub. The NICD can be relied on for daily COVID-19 infections statistics.
- The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAPRHA - part of the National Department of Health).
- The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).
- The South African Medical Journal (SAMJ).
- Africa Centres for Diseases and Control (Africa CDC) can be trusted as a source of COVID-19 resources, as well as daily updates and information on vaccination.
- The World Health Organization (WHO).
- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC).
- The US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA).
- Johns Hopkins University
- Harvard Health, and the Harvard University COVID-19 resource center.
- The Mayo Clinic COVID-19 resource center.
- * The New England Journal of Medicine (NEMJ).
Writing about COVID-19 or vaccines? Check these tips!
The World Health Organization (WHO) www.who.int provides some tips for the media on how to professionally report about COVID-19 vaccines. Some of the WHO tips regarding misinformation around COVID-19 vaccines include:
- Don't just report the headline: Read the full study or report before publishing an article about it.
- Don't trust data automatically: Be aware of and willing to question stakeholders and data collection methodology.
- Use trusted and reliable sources: Reporting is only as good as its sources. Be sure to use expert and knowledgeable sources to inform your stories on COVID-19 and vaccines.
- State the source: When reporting on scientific studies, reports, case numbers and vaccines, name the source of the information to show credibility and allow readers to search for more information on the topic.
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South African organisations:
- National Department of Health's dedicated COVID-19 portal: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/
- National Institute for Communicable Diseases' (part of the National Health Laboratory Service) dedicated COVID-19 hub
- South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAPRHA - part of the National Department of Health).
- South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
- South African Medical Journal (SAMJ)