"The National Library of Medicine provides a helpful tutorial on how to evaluate a health-related website while the Surgeon General recommends a quick health misinformation checklist," says Swift.
Some of the tips they offer include:
•Did you check with the CDC or local public health department to see whether there is any information about the claim being made?
•Did you ask a credible health care professional such as your doctor or nurse if they have any additional information?
•Did you type the claim into a search engine to see if it has been verified by a credible source?
•Did you look at the "About Us" page on the website to see if you can trust the source?
•If you're not sure, don't share!
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