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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is currently a major pandemic, and an issue of great concern. People internationally are posting on social media and other websites about symptoms, preventative measures, and treatments - but a lot of misinformation is being shared widely.
Here, we are providing links to reputable sources of information about COVID-19, including:
- Recommendations for staying healthy
- Current US case distribution
Remember to critically evaluate information before sharing it, and to cite your sources. These are important ways we can make sure the information we share is reliable.
Why is Citing Sources Important?
- To give credit to ideas that are not your own
- To provide support for your argument
- To enable your reader to find and read the sources you used
- To avoid Honor Code infractions
How many cases are there?
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): Coronavirus Disease 2019
This is the CDC's website for all information related to COVID-19. It includes links for identifying symptoms, preparing yourself and your family, and monitoring the spread of the disease across the US.
WHO (World Health Organization) Coronavirus
The World Health Organization is collecting international data on COVID-19, including information on how it is spread and updates on treatments and vaccines.
LitCovid tracks up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing central access to thousands of relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are categorized by research topics and geographic locations.
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
Johns Hopkins experts in global public health, infectious disease, and emergency preparedness have been at the forefront of the international response to COVID-19. This website helps advance the understanding of the virus, informs the public, and briefs policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives.
New England Journal of Medicine Coronavirus
A collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary. All Journal content related to the Covid-19 pandemic is freely available.
iBerkshires COVID-19 Updates
This Berkshires-specific news site includes up-to-date information on the numbers of cases in MA and Berkshire County, tips on staying safe, and a news feed for local and regional news about COVID-19.
WHO Myth Busters
The World Health Organization provides a detailed list of frequently asked questions and misunderstandings about COVID-19, including who is at risk, whether masks help, how long the virus lives on surfaces, and whether pets can transmit the virus.
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
COVID-19 is a global pandemic, and no single group of people is responsible for this disease. Xenophobic attacks against people of Asian descent only contribute to the harm this disease is causing. APALA provides resources to learn about and share protecting Asian American and Pacific Islander working people.
What if I think I'm sick?
According to the CDC, if you are not feeling well:
- Unless you are severely ill, stay at home
- Isolate yourself from others, including those in your home
- Call your doctor before going to a hospital
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or your elbow or upper arm
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often
Seek medical help if you have:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain or pressure
- Lethargy or confusion
- A bluish tinge to your face or lips