With a lot of conflicting information circulating about the Coronavirus pandemic, we wanted to highlight some trustworthy sources for those monitoring the crisis as well as help you understand what you can do now to lessen the crisis, keep yourself safe, and why it’s important we act now.
Many news agencies have agendas or a bias. We implore you to avoid cable news channels and get as much information as you can from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Understanding the Pandemic:
This video explaining the exponential growth of cases is useful for contextualizing new data as the number of cases grow in the coming days. Furthermore, it illustrates that by taking precautions you not only protect yourself but also others around you. While mortality rates are estimated to be around 3-4%, the disease will result in more fatalities if it spreads quickly and hospitals are overwhelmed as we’ve seen take place in Italy. Reported mortality rates will vary widely by country as demographics and the amount of testing vary widely by country.
Tracking the Spread:
- John Hopkins University has an informative dashboard. With up to date information about the number of cases and deaths by country.
- Nextstrain has a number of animations showing the spread of the disease.
- The New York Times has a page of maps and other charts.
Ben Greenfield recently posted a podcast featuring several experts’ perspective on the outbreak. It includes some historical information about the 1918 Spanish Flu, and other related topics such as what viruses are, what they do, our immune system response to them. In part 2, Dr. Dawson and Dr. Mallin compare this pandemic to other epidemics and pandemics of the past.