The COVID-19 outbreak is scary enough to most people, but misinformation whirling around on social media is causing fear and online battles between conspiracy theorists, realists and those who are fact-checking information.
How can residents tell what is real and what isn’t?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency advised that people can help stop the spread of disinformation by doing three simple things: don’t believe the rumors; don’t pass them along and do go to trusted sources of information to get the facts.
The best sources for reliable information are https://coronavirus.gov, https://www.cdc.gov, https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus, plus Riverside County’s Public Health website https://www.rivcoph.org.
Jennifer Leach, associate director of the division of consumer an