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EDITORIAL: I’m not sure how you keep up with all this information, but we’re gonna try

Letter from the Editor:

Amidst the strange times we’ve been propelled into with the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve decided to adapt our programming.

An afternoon news show will follow chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s address to Albertans about the latest information about coronavirus in the province.

I’m not sure how long this will go on for – as everyone doesn’t know what will happen next – but we’re going to try it out because it’s important to get good information quickly.

The problem as far as I can tell for you and for me and your children and your parents is trying to consistently get good, correct, concise information.

There has never been such an episode in the social media age.

Not only do we have the virus to worry about, but we also have to stay vigilant and manage the diet of information we take in.

What are we doing with our time when this is the only issue in the world and you can’t leave your homes but staying very connected and in the loop.

This is the only news story right now to cover and that goes all the way up the line to the global stage.

Believe me, it’s easy to be worn out from the amount of information you need to absorb quickly because in an hour there are seven new developments that adds upon that information and furthers it.

It seems so necessary right now to understand what’s happening next.

The threads of stories are vast.

It affects everything, so there is unlimited angles, unlimited ramifications, and that is the type of thing that drives the news: for good and also for bad.

Because everyone is filling your ear all the time. We’re on our phones. I’m on my phone all day trying to figure out what’s happening or what should I know. I’m sure many people are the same way.

How do you detach from this? This is a serious time, sure, and requires a lot of attention, but you can have too much of something as well.

So take care of yourselves.

Hopefully, this brief summary can at least provide a bit of clarity and more of just the facts ma’am information.

That’s all it’s meant for.

Although I’ll chime in.

Around 4:00pm after Dr. Deena Hinshaw speaks, or later if she speaks later.

“Wash your hands.” -Michael Menzies

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