I saw one tweet that contained a claim that was not true, and the link for more information redirected me to an online store to buy masks, but then I saw another tweet dismissing the use of masks. People are trying to make a quick buck from the outbreak, and people are trying to scare us for their own pleasure.
My message is this: Do not rely on Facebook or other social media to for information to make urgent health decisions!
Your Facebook friends may be good sources for gossip, recipes, sports trivia, or where to go fishing, but accurate information in these situations may not be a Facebook post shared a zillion times. The quantity of shares or views does not indicate the quality or accuracy of the information.
Sadly, even our elected officials can pass on erroneous information that they may have heard or read from an unreliable source. It is easy to pass on tainted information as you try to appear to be on top of everything, and it is hard on the ego to appear not to know authoritative information.
By the time you read this, any accurate information that I can pass along will be outdated and may be inaccurate. Personally, I rely on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for information, I check CDC.gov daily for updates.