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CORONAVIRUS: Let’s Not Incite Panic On Social Media

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — BocaNewsNow.com Tuesday posted an article questioning the claims of someone who has taken to social media to share claims of COVID-19 infected family members not receiving treatment or care from area hospitals. We investigated the claims, wrote about the claims, reported that it’s unclear whether they’re true or not, and have been both praised and called “an animal” by readers.

We decisively did not state whether the claims are accurate. We reported on the questions. We did not cast judgement. Even now, we just don’t know. We reported that many are concerned about the claims being made and would like proof of their authenticity.

We are living in an unprecedented time. While Americans have an unquestionable right to healthcare privacy, you arguably lose that right when you go online and post accusations about your care on social media.

It is the responsibility of the legitimate media to question claims, to investigate, to report.

When someone makes claims on social media that leads other community members to question whether our local healthcare system is in crisis, it becomes a public matter that warrants investigation. When someone makes claims that people are sick with Coronavirus, that hospitals aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing, and that family members of the sick are not being given COVID-19 tests, it is nothing less than appropriate for the media to investigate.

If you are going to make claims on social media, you are going to be questioned. If you’re going to make statements against area hospitals and doctors, be prepared to provide documents, photos, facts.


If you are going to make claims on social media, you are going to be questioned. If you’re going to make statements against area hospitals and doctors, be prepared to provide documents, photos, facts.


Maybe there really is a problem. Maybe folks who check all of the boxes for COVID-19 tests are being turned away from hospitals due to negligence and incompetence. We just don’t know.

But as a matter of practice, we ask that you think twice before making inflammatory accusations and comments on Facebook, NextDoor, Twitter and other social media networks. If you need help from the media, the media’s here to help. But if you aren’t ready to offer proof of your claims, we — like many of those contacting us — ask that you refrain from posting about local conditions until you are ready to offer indisputable evidence.

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