We live in an unusual period of time. Instead of struggling to access the information that we are looking for, we are overwhelmed by informational sources. When responding to an ongoing situation, such as COVID-19, a critical skill is being able to determine the validity of a source.
It’s important to remember that news media is a business. Their job is to engage consumers and to keep them engaged. While a reputable news source will not publish false information, they will add their perspective to the information that they have gathered. They will also link that information to other news stories to further engage the consumer. In the case of COVID-19, economics and politics have become intertwined with this ongoing health crisis. For these reasons, getting advice from the news may not be the most reliable source of information about what a person should do about COVID-19.