The coronavirus outbreak affects us all, but misinformation is spreading even faster than the disease itself, and can likewise cause harm. Here’s a collection of trustworthy sources of information.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is leading the American response to the pandemic. Here’s their situation summary for the outbreak. Their site also has the latest information on the disease, ways to protect yourself, frequently asked questions, and more.
- The PA Department of Health’s webpage has information on disease prevention, a tally of confirmed cases in the state, news about mandated closures, and a page of infographics – important information collected and summarized in easy-to-understand, easy-to-share format.
- The Allegheny County Health Department has a page with information on the outbreak here in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and links to more reliable resources and sources of updates. They have also partnered with United Way 211 to offer a 24/7 COVID-19 information hotline. If you have questions or concerns about the virus, call 888-856-2774.
- The county health department has also put together a page for fact-checking and rumor control, as has FEMA. If you’ve heard a rumor, check these pages before you share it with everyone you know. These pages are updated frequently, so check often.
- The CDC has put together a very helpful page about face masks: how-tos (with and without sewing), a checklist of what qualities your cloth mask should have, and frequently-asked questions about maintenance and mask safety.
- NPR has put up a kid-friendly infographic/comic explaining the facts about the coronavirus.
- Coronavirus: A book for children is a free-to-read, free-to-download, and free-to-share e-picture book for kids aged pre-K to grade 6, providing information and answering questions they might have about the virus.
- If you get more information out of maps and charts, Johns Hopkins has put together a frequently-updated interactive map (with charts!) of cases by country and region throughout the world.
Check these sources frequently – since this is a new situation for all of us, new and updated findings are being shared and posted every day. Stay informed, and stay well.