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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Resources for Reliable Information about the Corona Virus (COVID-19)





People are starting to become concerned and act irrationally (panic buying) in response to their fears about the spread of the Corona Virus (aka COVID-19). This is due in part to a lack of scientific and medical information from reliable sources. Reports on television, radio, and in newspapers are necessarily limited by time and space. This is not so on the internet. When you read stuff on the internet, please google it (or use whatever your favorite search engine is) to find out more and to see if it is true or not.


The result of panic buying at a local store in the Franklin area on March 9, 2020


Here are some resources to help you understand how the virus has spread and concrete steps you can take to mitigate the spread of the virus. The main thing is to practice basic personal hygiene like frequently washing your hands in soap and water and limiting your exposure (including physical contact) to other people in social situations.

The Centers for Disease Control has a page for situation updates that is frequently updated at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

Ars Technica has a good article on the situation at https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/dont-panic-the-comprehensive-ars-technica-guide-to-the-coronavirus/



Information is Beautiful has a beautiful graphical presentation of data at https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/covid-19-coronavirus-infographic-datapack/

The Centers for Disease Control has a very thorough resource for steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

The same website also has a thorough list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/faq.html

Johns Hopkins Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering has an excellent dashboard that can help you track the spread of the virus at https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

HealthMap has a map of the spread at https://www.healthmap.org/covid-19/

Next Strain has a map for the more technically minded at https://nextstrain.org/ncov

The New York Times also has a good dashboard at https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/world/coronavirus-maps.html