Reading & Writing Responsibly During the Covid-19 Crisis

Many of us around the country are under our state’s mandates or orders to stay-at-home and shelter-in-place. We are also working from home, and there are a few who are first responders, healthcare workers and other essential workers employed by hospitals and related facilities. And the reality is that many of us, including people in our social networks, are frightened. 

It is wise to practice responsibility as we post and share on social media. Here are a few tips. 

  • Pick one or two trusted news sources to receive your daily updates on the coronavirus and your city and region’s responses to it. For example, choose a national news source, a local news source and follow your city and state’s health departments. The point is to stay informed but not overwhelmed by information. 
  • Make a conscious effort to share credible information with your social networks. Do not cause alarm or feed a frenzy of fear and panic. Be trustworthy with what you share. 
  • Think before posting. Is the thing you’re posting trigger fear inside of you? If so, it will trigger fear inside of someone else. 
  • Balance out postings. Post puppy and cat videos – anything happy – sometimes. Choose to soothe the soul.
  • Promote self-care and good health practices such as proper handwashing, social distancing, eating healthy foods, and exercising. Some people following you are stressed out. Give them ideas that will help them decompress like talking to friends and family, reading, writing, yoga, listening to music, or other hobbies.

Our followings are a privilege. There are times like now when we have to give them something back for caring about us. Post responsibly. 

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