By now, you have probably heard about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the virus that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on December 31st, 2019. According to the World Health Organization, as of March 5th, there have been more than 92,000 confirmed cases in dozens of countries and over 3,000 deaths. Countries across the globe are attempting to stop the spread of the coronavirus through quarantine and other public health interventions.
There are many fears and myths surrounding the coronavirus. Because Odd Couples Housing works with seniors and students from other countries, I thought it would be a good idea to share some reliable sources where you can educate yourself on COVID-19 and get live updates on what’s happening around the world.
World Health Organization
There is a significant amount of information about the COVID-19 outbreak on the World Health Organization website. The website also provides travel advice, guidance on protecting yourself, situation reports, and media resources that can be useful. In addition, the WHO website provides live updates on the virus. I recommend bookmarking and visiting this page for daily updates.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
If you are traveling or thinking of taking a trip, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page has vital information about COVID-19 for travelers and travel-related industries. Learn more about how the CDC is responding to the coronavirus outbreak on their website. According to the website, they will share guidance and up-to-date information as it becomes available.
The Wall Street Journal
You might have many questions about the outbreak. Should I cancel my trip because of the coronavirus? Is there anything extra I should pack? How should I prepare my home and family? Are there other precautions I should take? The list goes on. Like most sites, the Wall Street Journal gives live updates on the outbreak. They also have a Q&A page for people worried about traveling right now and also it gives guidance on how to stay safe, what to avoid, and more.
Another important page to pay attention to is Worldometer. In addition to reporting about coronavirus news, the site is also tracking the number of confirmed cases, recovered patients, and death toll by country. What I like about this page is that it has live statistics. Below is a screenshot showcasing the number of cases as of March 3rd.
The New York Times
Another resource I’ve been looking at that might be interesting and I thought I should share with you is the New York Times. The New York Times has these interactive Coronavirus maps that are tracking the spread of the outbreak. As of today, the map shows, the disease has been detected in at least 83 countries which is twice as much it was two days ago. Below is a screenshot from Johns Hopkins University that the New York Times uses to track the spread of the virus.
Do you still have questions about the virus? Are you wondering what symptoms to look out for, how the virus spreads, or when it is time to call a doctor? If so, you might find the Guardian very helpful. On this page, you might find helpful information on how to protect yourself from the infection and live coverage updates. Stay safe.