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Reliable Sources of Information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

By Bill Hayes

Much information about COVID-19 is swirling around the Internet and social media. It’s a good idea to check this information with reliable sources. I originally created a much longer list, but pared it down drastically. From time to time, I may post additional sources.

Government Sources head the list. U.S. Federal Government Agencies contain much information. The White House Coronavirus Task Force is at coronavirus.gov: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The nation’s preeminent public health agency, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), runs Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The largest biomedical research agency in the world, National Institutes of Health (NIH), hosts Coronavirus (COVID-19). Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for, among other things, making sure “drugs, and vaccines and other biological products and medical devices intended for human use are safe and effective.” Its site is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In case this isn’t enough, USA.gov lists far more in Top U.S. Government Websites for COVID-19 Information.

The list also includes State, Local, and Other Government Public Health Agencies. The CDC’s State & Territorial Health Department Websites links to departments in all 50 states, DC, and U.S. territories. Perhaps you’d prefer the drop-down menu at USA.gov: State Health Departments. For local agencies, the CDC has Accredited Local Health Departments (255, plus one centralized system in Florida).

Three Government Agencies Outside the U.S. are on the list. The U.N. agency responsible for international public health, the World Health Organization (WHO), hosts Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic. The European Union’s equivalent to the CDC is the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Its data is at COVID-19 pandemic. The U.K.’s national healthcare agency, the National Health Service (NHS), operates Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Next comes Data, Maps, Graphics. University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has COVID-19 Projections for countries around the world. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has maps, charts, and graphics of the latest COVID-19 data. Harvard Global Health Institute’s Pandemics Explained also features maps, data, a blog, and more. Researchers at University of Oxford, U.K, compile data for Our World in Data: Coronavirus Pandemic, which has many resources for making data more understandable.

Finally, the list ends with Media sites. Newspaper sites include Los Angeles Times: COVID-19, New York Times: The Coronavirus Outbreak, USA Today: Coronavirus Updates, and Washington Post: Coronavirus. News Magazine sites feature Economist: Coverage of the coronavirus, Newsweek: Coronavirus, Time: COVID-19, US News: Coronavirus. Also consider a non-news magazine site: Consumer Reports: Coronavirus Resource Center. Broadcast media sites include ABC News: Coronavirus News, BBC News (U.K.): Coronavirus, CBC News (Canada): Infor mation about COVID-19, CBS News: Coronavirus, NBC News: Coronavirus, NPR: The Coronavirus Crisis, and PBS: What You Should Know About the Novel Coronavirus.