As a researcher interested in combating health illiteracy and disinformation on the Internet, I have compiled a list of vetted websites about the coronavirus and other health issues. It is extremely difficult to discern credible online health information from non-credible information, especially with the coronavirus pandemic. I hope this information helps. I have used it to learn more about my father's brain tumor and other health topics.
Much of the information is written or approved by a healthcare professional and is in plain English. Caveat: Use this information as a supplement to not as a substitute for your physician's advice. Self-diagnosis is discouraged.
What is health literacy?
Why health literacy?
Because the Internet is where most Internet users get the majority of their health information.
- 80% of Internet users (93 million Americans) search for health information on the Internet
- 63% searched for a specific health topic
- 47% for a specific medical treatment
- 44% for diet, nutrition information
- 36% health and fitness
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2019
In general, use sites that have the .edu or .org domains. These sites are associated with hospitals, universities or government agencies.