You don’t want to rely on just one source when it comes to keeping up to date. There is certainly an abundance of social media posts that are completely bogus. You’ve got to do your due diligence. Some news organizations could have information that other ones don’t.
While the mainstream media generally reports and tracks notable cases, you can’t totally rely on these sources for the actual news. Acting as a gatekeeper of information, allowing and burying stories they feel fit to report, the mainstream media does not always report the complete stories.
It’s important to understand it’s not so much “what” the media reports or “how” they report it, but more importantly what they “do not” report.
You DO NOT want to rely only on the mainstream media for news about COVID-19. They are largely simply propaganda arms of the government filtering the real news from you in order to prevent a panic.
According to WorldOMeter, the global death rate for concluded cases has now reached 17%, with 83% surviving. This rate of 17% is considerably higher than what most pundits have been claiming (2%)
I suppose, at the end of the day, we really don’t know what the actual numbers are because of inadequate testing and unreliable sources.
Little real investigative reporting is going on among the MSM and they are only parroting what they are fed by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control.
Following are the “so-called” authoritative official sources for information. Beware of these sources, however, because they appear to be vastly understating the actual numbers in an effort to prevent panic:
Perhaps a more trustworthy source of information is:
- Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
- CIDRAP – Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
You want to be up to the minute. One of the best ways to keep track of what’s going on with the outbreak is by using the Internet and some alternative news sources.
- WarRoom: Pandemic
- ALERT: Coronavirus Pandemic Event Now A Serious Risk
- China’s Coronavirus is Much Worse Than You Think
- Coronavirus – Inside info and discussion
You can see breaking news online and the majority of news organizations do have an online presence.
But even better than that, the Internet has real people communicating second by second on various social media outlets. You could be able to hear the up to date news as it happens thanks to this human news chain. For example, you can use #coronavirus on Twitter to get up to the minute reports.
Besides the Internet, you’ll want to be aware of what the news is saying on your local television and radio stations. The local news in your area will cover things specific to where you live. So you get a closer to home approach with the news that way. If there are any evacuations in place, your local news will have that first before other news stations will.
In the unlikely event of losing power you want to have a battery operated radio on standby. The radio can give you the news as it happens, and can also alert you to any emergency situations. So make sure you have a supply of batteries on hand to keep your radio running. Ham radio equipment can also become very valuable, especially in case of a quarantine. It may become your only means of communicating with the outside world.