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Health Information Resources: COVID-19

This is a research guide for Williams users and North Berkshire community members on health information resources available here at Williams College and from local and federal organization and agencies.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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: 

  • Symptoms
  • 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. 


Coronavirus from SARS isolated in FRhK-4 cells. Thin section electron micrograph and negative stained virus particles.

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?

The CDC is continuously updating its information on the number of cases in the US. Find their latest updates on their informational website. 

COVID-19 Resources

Avoiding Misinformation

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

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