Resources in a Pandemic

May 11th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Look to Science, Not Opinion

We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Even though some state governors are deciding to permit certain businesses to open. And the results are somewhat disturbing. The incidence of the virus is increasing again, skyrocketing in some states, and the death rate has gone back up again… that skyrocket thing. The facts suggest giving up social distancing at this point isn’t such a good idea. So what does this have to do with resources?

It’s simply an example of why it is a good idea to support your beliefs and actions with science, facts and research… not caving in to special economic interests in order to preserve votes for the next election. But how do you know what is factual (true) and what isn’t? There is so much out there about the pandemic that when I read something, I’m not sure if I can believe it.

One of the answers is to look for references that you can check out to determine if a statement is true. ‘I believe’ statements are opinion. Factual information is documented. Go to the source and determine if the information can be believed. If a statement is not documented, it is opinion, which may reflect truth, or it may not.

Factcheck.org is a good online resource, based at the University of Pennsylvania. It is non-partisan and offers well researched information. You can trust what comes out of that organization. There are also other fact-checking groups on the Internet that you can use to determine a statement’s veracity.

So where can you find science, facts and research on a specific topic, like the pandemic?

Internet Searches, Easy-Peasey

The Internet is chock-full of scientific papers and research on just about any topic you might find interesting. Most of them are too ethereal for me, but I can always find a report on research that is understandable. I just use my browser and enter key words, like ‘senior health issues’ or ‘covid-19 facts’… the key words need to be descriptive of what you want to read about.

A lot of good online magazines and bulletins often write about research and do a great job of interpreting for me. If I need more information, however, I can always go to the source. So what online magazines and bulletins do I read?

The first is AARP. It is a non-partisan magazine and bulletin that reports on issues of interest to senior citizens. Many times when I do an Internet search with key words, an AARP article will pop up. Articles are very objective and trustworthy. There is one on the front page of AARP at the moment that reveals ten things about the coronavirus that you should not believe. Worth reading.

The second is The National Institute on Aging (NIA), another easy-to-access website that has more articles and information than any one person can possible digest. Again, good factual information that is objective and trustworthy.

And last, a website that I find helpful when I want to see what seniors are interested in… Senior Living. But don’t take my word for it. You can always do your own research to find what you want to learn about. Just use your browser, enter the key words and a million or so links will pop up.

Happy learning about what’s real and true!



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