Bad information is infectious. And, unfortunately, it's all around.
With the H1N1 virus it is no different; and it's only a mouse click or conversation away.
With words like "pandemic" and "widespread" in news reports, it becomes even more difficult to discern what's real, what's sensationalized, or worse yet, what's simply untrue.
Health care agencies, national and state agencies, and media outlets are working to provide correct information about the virus and how to protect against it. In order for it to take hold, it's important that everyone — those who receive information and those who distribute it — do so wisely and responsibly. That includes The News-Enterprise and other news media.
When it's a matter of public health, knowledge and action are the best defenses. Not just this year — and not with just the swine flu — but every year, all year, it is important to take the appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of germs.