Fact vs. fiction: Official sources for coronavirus news With news about the new coronavirus continuing to emerge, there’s also a heavy dose of misinformation on social media. Here are official sources Georgians can use for information on COVID-19. Cobb County residents can visit the Cobb and Douglas Public Health website. DeKalb County residents can click over to the DeKalb Board of Health website. The Fulton County Board of Health website provides information on COVID-19 for residents. Gwinnett, Newton

Separating coronavirus fact from fiction: Where to get official government information

Ahead of Gov. Brian Kemp issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, there has been a heavy dose of misinformation on social media. From the idea that consuming garlic can prevent infection — which the World Health Organization debunked —  to the notion that high heat or UV lamps can kill the virus — also deemed false by WHO — there are lots of myths surrounding COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019.

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Official web pages from the Georgia Department of Public Health, WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide details on the COVID-19 virus that can help you sort fact from fiction on social media. They are linked below. 

  • Visit the DPH website for the coronavirus here.
  • Visit WHO’s website on the coronavirus here.
  • Visit the CDC’s website on the coronavirus here.

Many Georgia counties have pages specifically for COVID-19 for residents to use as resources for information surrounding the virus. Some counties may also provide updates on Facebook or Twitter. Residents can also reach their local public health websites.

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Cobb

Visit the county COVID-19 web page here

Here are the Cobb and Douglas Public Health Facebook and Twitter pages.

Visit the Cobb and Douglas Public Health website here.

DeKalb

Visit the county COVID-19 web page here.

Here are the DeKalb Board of Health Facebook and Twitter pages.

Visit the DeKalb County Board of Health website here.

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Fulton

Visit the county COVID-19 web page here

Here are the Fulton County Board of Health Facebook and Twitter pages.

Visit the Fulton County Board of Health website here.

Gwinnett

Visit the county COVID-19 web page here.

Here are the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments Facebook and Twitter pages.

Visit the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments website here

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