I hate panic. I’m also not a huge fan of unclear information that adds fuel to panic.
The potential for the Federal government to shut down was a very real situation last week with a lot of unknown ‘what if’ factors that was resolved at the 11th hour. Fear of the unknown often leads to panic – that I understand. Apparently Federal agencies themselves could do little to clearly communicate their contingency plans for what was and wasn’t considered essential. That I’m not so sure I understand, but since I’m not a Federal employee I’m not going to try to figure out why.
What I can do is research for information, which I found and shared last Friday to counter whatever tweets I saw that took on panicky tones about whether or not PubMed would remain online: White House says critical websites won’t be affected by shutdown. Granted this information did not name PubMed specifically by name but one would think that the world’s largest medical library resources used by millions of people a day would be considered critical.
Or are they?
I don’t have the answer.