Read beyond your country’s medical authority and favorite media source.

It is a downright shame that in this COVID-19 epidemic, a citizen cannot rely on their own government. At this point it feels like many countries are not being forthright about every single aspect of handling their local cases, the spreading of the virus, diagnosis, prevention, or handling and treatment of cases. It would be prudent to seek multiple sources of information to ascertain the situation, since each country seems to be problematic in a couple of aspects but not all.  

My goal is not to make you distrust your government, but understand that each administration and governing body has their own agenda and ‘public image’ to maintain.

The good news is that in such a climate of mistrust, scientists are going out of their way to share data, and information to push research to its limit and hasten the possibility of a vaccine or a medication to manage symptoms.

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I do not wish to cause panic. The aim in writing this article is, to decrease rumors, and the heavy reliance on a single authority. Below are just a few examples and some countries. There are many more egregious issues that are not addressed.

  1. China and its whistleblowers:
  2. Iran, the administration and lack of trust.
  3. India, media’s elation over ‘immunity’
  4. United States, incompetency

The above information might have been difficult to read and upsetting in nature. Please understand that I only wish to make the point that you should look at multiple sources of information to get a reasonable view of the situation, rather than sticking to one specific media or government center.