Panic seized the streets, the quarantine of nations and a feared virus of humanity. Amid so much confusion, dangerous, silently and discreetly, like a cancer that runs quietly until it’s being detected in which nothing else can be done, a pandemic is even more dangerous than the so-called Covid-19.
Unlike the aforementioned virus, the younger the person, the more vulnerable it is, the predominant group of 15 to 35 years of age, accustomed to consuming content via the internet, social networks and everything known as a “digital” medium however, this does not exempt the other remaining groups of the population.
“Infodemia” is how many have named this new outbreak. Immersed in an overwhelming amount of data, endless videos, photos from anywhere in the world, testimonials, WhatsApp groups, news chains, emails and access to information almost immediately, we can have a very clear picture of what is happening. globally … or at least it should work that way.
We have more information, but we are less wise, COVID-19 has forced us to generate waves of news and not necessarily all sources are reliable or real, most only generate chaos, misinformation and panic among readers, we went from bathing all the body with lemon to kill the virus until the closing of windows and doors because the air force is going to disinfect everything in a country where they do not even have the resources to buy such material, we go on long, we take things for granted, what someone said What an idle invention, what sounded funny, we consume, we read, we replicate, like blind automatons unable to verify where the source comes from or what was the context of the note.
Today COVID-19 is a good pretext to show a bad practice that we have been doing for a long time and that we must eliminate, tomorrow it will be the economy, pollution, or any other issue, but the problem continues to be the way we consume information, this is why, before continuing to spread this contagion, we take advantage of the following preventive measures to eradicate this new pandemic:
- Question everything that is read and understand in what context the note was given.
- Always check the veracity of the data and the source.
- On a topic with informative purpose doubt all those notes that appeal to the feeling of the reader.
- Avoid comparing yourself to other countries or regions is not to replicate best practices.
- Inform yourself, yes, but as a measure of protection and support for the population, always keep this in mind and do not consume data that only feeds the false sense of security and control.
Yes, let’s find out, let’s encourage our obsessive-compulsive part with everything that is available to us, but with a different approach; not to feed irrational fear or collective paranoia. Let’s inform ourselves to prevent, to act, to evolve, to know how I can help others, to know what is happening in industries and the world economy, to make a plan of how and where to start once everything returns to normal, basically develop short-term contingency plans that guarantee future growth.