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The following article appears in the Spring 2020 issue of Family Safety & Health and represents the type of information your employees and their families can learn about each quarter to help them stay safe while off the job.
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Even though we know we’re doing it for the safety of our family, friends, co-workers and communities, maintaining a physical distance from people “can be tough,” says Jagdish Khubchandani, a health sciences professor at Ball State University.
You may need to give yourself an extra push on some days, but by making an effort to do something positive every day, you can stay connected and still maintain a physical distance.
Here, we share a number of things Khubchandani says you can do.
It’s important to not let physical distancing become social isolation, Khubchandani says. By staying connected, we can help ourselves and others get through challenging times.
“Don’t be afraid, don’t panic and do keep communicating with others,” he said.
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To evaluate the credibility of a website or online article, Christine Caufield-Noll, manager of the Harrison Medical Library and the Community Health Library at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, recommends looking for the ABCs:
Authority: Who owns or pays for the website – a nationally recognized medical center, a for-profit company, an individual? Who created the content – was it written or reviewed by a physician, dietitian or other expert credentialed in the subject area?
“It should be clear where that information is coming from,” Caufield-Noll said. If in doubt, check the “About Us” section of the website.
Bias: Is the website or article selling a product or service, or pushing a particular treatment or agenda? Are advertisements clearly marked and separate from the rest of the content, and is the site’s advertising policy posted?
“If a website only mentions one side of the story, that’s a red flag,” Caufield-Noll said. “I like to tell people to look at a couple of different websites. Are they saying vastly different things about the same topic, or are they all recommending the same thing? That can give you an idea of whether a site is biased.”
Currency: Look for a date. When was the article published or the website last updated? If the information is more than 5 years old, look for something more recent, Caufield-Noll said.
“New information is always being put out there, and new discoveries are always being made,” she said.
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