It is easy to find medical information online, but it can be difficult to separate the facts from the misinformation. The spread of false, misleading claims has been especially problematic as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Several health organizations have cautioned the public against believing everything they read online about the virus.
To make accurate information easily accessible, the team at Better Health Advisors has compiled COVID-19 resources and created a COVID-19 toolkit.
BHA wants you to be able to locate reliable health information on the internet, so we carefully vetted this list of ten consumer-friendly websites. Use them to find science-backed answers to your health questions:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Disease outbreaks, news, and guidelines for disease prevention and injury treatment
- Special Note: Throughout the pandemic, some have criticized the CDC for changing its recommendations, but as our understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve, it is understandable that the CDC will modify its guidance to reflect the latest research.
- RxList: Straightforward descriptions of drugs, supplements, and the conditions they treat, along with drug interactions, and a pill identifier tool
- American Diabetes Association: Tips and advice for managing diabetes, including food and nutrition, fitness, and healthy living
- American Heart Association: Positive heart health, heart disease signs and symptoms, and lifestyle tips for maintaining a healthy heart or managing a heart condition
- MDAnderson: Descriptions of cancer types, cancer treatments, and clinical trials
- Mayo Clinic: Encyclopedia of diseases and conditions, symptoms, medical tests and procedures, drugs and supplements, healthy lifestyle, and patient care
- National Institutes of Health: Disease information, health services locator, wellness toolkits, science education resources, and NIH-sponsored clinical trials
- FamilyDoctor: Advice on how to navigate the healthcare system and manage the experience (handling insurance bills, booking appointments, keeping the right documents, etc.)
- Berkeley Wellness: Evidence-based wellness information for the body and mind
- Health Grades: Platform for finding a doctor and reading about patient experiences with doctors, hospital quality, and patient satisfaction
As always, it is always a good idea to ask others for help in understanding medical information. Consider asking a family member with healthcare experience or an expert health advisor for assistance. A health advisor can answer your medical questions in plain language and offer clarity on how the latest health and medical information applies to your unique health situation.