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Med students offer clear, concise daily updates about the pandemic on COVID-19 Made Simple

The brief informational snapshots about the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic are pulled from reliable news sources and are available on Facebook and Instagram.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
June 11, 2020
@covid19madesimple on Instagram (screenshot)

A group of medical and other grad students from three Ontario universities are wading through the massive amount of news and information about COVID-19 that is released each day, and condensing it into bite-sized, easy-to-read updates posted to Instagram and Facebook. The platform, dubbed COVID-19 Made Simple, began by posting daily case number updates in early April, and moved onto providing forecast data and some bullet points of the day’s most important news about the disease and the pandemic.

Since then, daily updates have branched out to include recommendations on how and when to wear a mask, information about higher and lower-risk places for COVID-19 spread, myths and facts about the virus, and demographic information. The students behind the platform, who attend the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Western University, say their goal is to “bring frequent and accurate information, in a concise and easily accessible manner.” If you’re exhausted by the thought of digging through a zillion headlines to find the information you really want, COVID-19 Made Simple is an easy way to get there.

Source: Facebook, Instagram

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