CADTH created this tool to help all health care decision-makers, including the general public, assess the credibility of health-related websites. The tool may be useful to individuals searching the internet for information on COVID-19. It provides a summary of criteria to look for when assessing a health website, as well as a handy list of red flags that might indicate a website is providing unreliable information.
Although some websites provide trustworthy information, there is also a lot of speculation and misinformation on the internet. Knowing how to identify the unreliable information could help people avoid trying useless, expensive, and potentially harmful therapies for COVID-19. The tool might also be useful to clinicians who are having discussions with patients about COVID-19 information found on the internet.
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