This study suggests public health organizations provide the most up-to-date and timely COVID-19 information, yet other online information sources do not align with WHO’s basic protective measures.
Evaluating information on the internet is important as a lot of misinformation is presented on this influential platform. Specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is highly recommended that information align with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) basic protective measures. In this descriptive study, several online sources did not provide advice that adhered to WHO guidelines, and links from the United States provide less information about how to prevent COVID-19 compared to other countries.
Ambiguous information presented via online sources has led to incorrect use of preventive measures. Public health organizations typically provide the most up-to-date and accurate information; however, their visibility on the internet needs to be heightened so individuals can attain correct information. It is important to promote the use of official public health organizations’ websites to obtain high-quality information more frequently.