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Where do you get your information about the pandemic?

May 18, 2020


Students and adults alike crave information on the coronavirus.

Dr. Adam Ehrmantraut, BSM President: “You know it depends. The professional organizations I belong to have been the most helpful along the way. There are different networks, like the independent schools network…. Their job is lobbying and making sense of data by and large. So they help us understand what the data’s suggesting related to COVID and all the legislation that’s being associated with it. Because there are significant elements in relation to schools, that’s supposed to be helpful for schools, that helps us understand all those things. So I’d say that’s the primary source, in terms of just understanding the impact on Minnesota in particular, we’re watching, as a school we’re watching, the governor updates at 2:00. So we get perspective. Those have been the primaries, and then there’s two others that have caught my attention. I always read the wall street journal just to read it but the other piece Mayo, Mayo has been putting out quite a bit of content to its patients and as a part of their fundraising campaign. And that’s been really interesting, I trust the source really well, you know, they’re on the front end of this nationally.”

Dr. Susan Skinner, Senior High Principal: “We as a school and me personally get the information from the CDC… the state government. We look for those official agencies, and from there you can find people that comment and have an opinion. What we don’t do is get hung up on social media and Facebook posts and social media, whereas Dr. Fauci is a recognized expert in the field, CDC, same thing. It’s easy to go down these rabbit holes on Facebook, so I try to stay away from… media that doesn’t come from the official sources.”

Peter Giertsen, Class of 2023: “I get most of my information from either watching the news or from my parents, but I have also obtained some information from social media.”

Ms. Megan Peterson, Marketing and Communications Director: “I watch the news regularly to stay informed, especially as it relates to the Governor’s news conferences. I need to keep up to date to ensure that our community gets information quickly and efficiently during this process.”

JoAnn Meyer, Parent: “I like to watch the nightly national news and then we watch the local evening news. We try to watch it just once so that we don’t end up getting bogged down and bummed out every night. It’s important to know what is going on, but after so long watching the news or reading social media, I find myself needing to switch to something that’s not news related like getting some exercise, calling a friend or watching an entertaining show.”

Nicole Strom, Class of 2020: “I’ve been getting my news from CNN, the New York times daily briefings, and my parents.”

Mr. Tanner Stevens, Physics Teacher: “I am all into modeling and data science, so I’ve been reading a lot about Minnesota’s prediction model they’re using to see when their peak is going to be and what factors they’re using. I read the whole academic paper the other night, it was fascinating…I try to click on lots of different news sites…I click on all of them just to see kind of what the spectrum of all of the perspectives are on where this is going.”

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