Reliable Sources for COVID-19 Info
Learn Where You Can Turn for the Most Dependable News on the Global Outbreak
With an onslaught of news and information on the global novel coronavirus pandemic, it can be challenging to know where to turn for reliable, up-to-the-minute information. To help the public better assess the news surrounding the virus, experts at Cedars-Sinai listed their top three go-to resources:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- With a dedicated website for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Regular updates on all aspects of the infectious disease are provided there.
Under the What You Should Know section, readers can learn:
- How the disease spreads,
- Prevention tactics,
- Treatment protocols,
- Answers to frequently asked questions.
The Situation Updates section provides a summary of the virus, tracks cases specific to the United States and global locations affected by COVID-19, provides a risk assessment and explains how the CDC is taking action to prevent the further spread of the virus.
The website also provides information tailored to different population groups, including community centers, schools and businesses, as well as information for healthcare professionals, travelers and laboratories. Readers also can browse news releases distributed by the CDC under the What’s New section.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health -- Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S., the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) also recently created online resources housing a host of information ranging from infographics and handwashing best-practices to guidance for schools and workploace leadership.
The county Department of Public Health site also provides short, information-packed videos in three languages–English, Spanish and Chinese–for those who prefer to watch instead of read. The website also has a section for how to best prepare, which includes recommendations like having provisions that can last a few days and getting immunized against the flu, as well as specific precautions for individuals who work in a hospital setting.
The World Health Organization -- On the World Health Organization (WHO) website, experts provide a global perspective of the COVID-19 virus, while also sharing individual best practices on topics like how to best protect yourself from the disease.
Under the Technical Guidance section, readers can browse topics like points of entry and mass gatherings and patient management. For more lay readers, topics like travel advice and frequently asked questions can provide a wealth of valuable information. Like the CDC website, WHO also shares regular news updates including vaccine funding and development as well as remarks from healthcare leaders.