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Beyond the Pandemic:

Stats, Facts and More

COVID-19 upended our lives and changed us forever. Whether it was the tragic death of a loved one, or the shutdown of activities that brought us joy, we all lost something. We want this to end, but SARS-CoV-2 continues to take lives.


The virus changes quickly and so will science. The COVID-19 information on this page is updated on a regular basis. You will also find health topics that reflect we are moving beyond the pandemic. I will be glad when the day arrives that I click the final delete on all things coronavirus.


“A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.” ~William James

June 2023

A Note from Chris: As a former public health nurse, infectious diseases, I do my best to present accurate COVID-19 statistics, facts and other health information from sources that I trust, but I urge you to do your own research. Thank you for visiting. Be well.

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8 Tips for Coping with Constant Media Bad News


  1. Disengage from the emotion of the information.

  2. Check the source.

  3. Evaluate your own bias.

  4. Get the full context. 

  5. Do not assume public figures are always right.

  6. Avoid jumping on the latest COVID-19 study.

  7. Be wary of COVID-19 information on social media.

  8. Safeguard your mental health from the negative effects of COVID-19 overload.


What you can do:

(You can use this approach to cope with round-the-clock news coverage of any disturbing event.)

  • Minimize watching, reading, or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed.

  • Seek information only from trusted sources, so that you can take practical steps to protect yourself and loved ones.

  • Look for updates at specific times, but limit it to once or twice a day.

  • Disconnect from the sudden and near-constant stream of news reports.

  • Doomscrolling (or doomsurfing) is not helpful. Step away and take a break.

  • Remember: The more you click on bad news, the more algorithms feed you bad news. 'Round and 'round you go...

  • Explore ways to modify your device habits and improve your mood at

Sources | Learning More

Infodemic Blog by Mike Caulfield: Sifting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Learn the skills that will make a dramatic difference in your ability to sort fact from fiction on the web using the SIFT method:

Stop, Investigate the source, Find better coverage, and Trace claims, quotes and media to the original context.

You can use the SIFT model to check the accuracy of any topic.

The Trauma of War


COVID-19 Stats and Facts


CDC: COVID Data Tracker: Trends by Geographic Area

WHO: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard

Hopkins COVID-19 data hub ends after three years

After three years of historic reporting, Johns Hopkins stopped live COVID-19 data tracking in March 2023.

The Basics from Yale Medicine

9 Things Everyone Should Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak

Omicron and its Subvariants: A Guide to What We Know

What Does It Mean To Be ‘Immunocompromised’?

General COVID-19 Resources

Johns Hopkins: Coronavirus Health Information

Harvard Health Coronavirus Resource Center

Yale Medicine: COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)


Johns Hopkins: Long COVID: Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

Healthy Children: Long-Haul COVID-19 in Children and Teens


Mayo Clinic: 5 early care tips for people with long COVID

CAN COV: Controlling Long Covid Symptoms With (a technique called) Pacing

Stat News: The haunting brain science of long Covid

‘I want people to see us’: A writer gives voice to long Covid and mothering from bed


Mental Health and Long COVID

Psychology Today: The Mystery of Long COVID

Long COVID and Mental Health

Long COVID is a chronic medical condition with many mental health symptoms

Vaccines | Boosters 

Contagion Live: Latest Vaccine News

COVID-19 Vaccines


Comparing the COVID-19 Vaccines: How Are They Different?

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine No Longer Available in U.S.

COVID-19 Boosters

Yale Medicine: The Omicron Booster: Your Questions Answered

Should You Get an Additional COVID-19 Bivalent Booster?

COVID-19 Treatments

Yale Medicine: COVID-19 Treatments: What We Know So Far

13 Things To Know About Paxlovid, the Latest COVID-19 Pill

Good Rx Health: The Latest Updates on COVID-19 Treatments and Medications in the Pipeline

Contagion Live: FDA Report: COVID-19 Mutations Render All Monoclonal Antibody Treatments Ineffective

Stat News: Covid convalescent plasma: the ‘little engine that could’

Mayo Clinic: Treating COVID-19 at home: Care tips for you and others

Healthline: Why Catching COVID-19 to ‘Get It Over With’ Is a Terrible Idea



Stat News: Covid-19 overtakes 1918 Spanish flu as deadliest disease in American history

CDC FastStats: COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the US

Johns Hopkins: A Grim Milestone: U.S. Officially Surpasses 1 Million COVID-19 Deaths

US Surpasses 100 Million Reported COVID-19 Cases. True number much higher.

Henry Ford Health: Novids: Why Haven’t Some People Gotten COVID-19?

COVID-19 Scam Alerts Scams and Fraud

FDA: Fraudulent COVID-19 Products (Food and Drug)


FTC: Avoid Coronavirus Scams (Consumers)

HHS: Fraud Alert: COVID-19 Scams (Health)

Life After the Pandemic

When does the pandemic end?

Scientific American: People, Not Science, Decide When a Pandemic Is Over

Contagion Live: It Adapts to Us, We Adapt to It: Living with the Ever-Changing SARS-CoV-2

WHO Declares End of COVID-19 Global Health Emergency

Transition from COVID emergency to a disease that is here to stay

Does the end of COVID emergency declarations mean the pandemic is over?

It's not over, but in a different phase: less dangerous, more predictable.

What's next?

HHS: Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Transition Roadmap

Stat News: What NASA can teach public health about regaining public trust

How have we changed?

Medical News Today: How has the pandemic changed our behavior?

UAB News You Can Use: How the COVID-19 pandemic changed society

Resilience | Moving Forward 

Yale Medicine: How To Be More Resilient: 8 Strategies for Difficult Times

How people promoted their mental health during the pandemic.

Psychology Today: The Dark Side of Resilience

Resilience can be used dismissively, to set unrealistic expectations, or to push others too hard.

After Pandemic

Elder Care | Seniors and Pets

COVID-19 and Older Adults

AMA: What doctors wish patients knew now about COVID-19 risk and age

Hopkins Medicine: Staying Safe from COVID-19 Fact Sheet: Transition from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency


COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: An American Tragedy

10 COVID-19 Questions to Ask a Nursing Home

KHN: ‘That’s Just Part of Aging’: Long Covid Symptoms Are Often Overlooked in Seniors

COVID-19: We Must Care for Older Adults’ Mental Health

FCC: Coronavirus Scams Targeting Older Americans

Senior Wellness

America Magazine: The grace of growing old by Mary Kay Jordan Fleming

We live, we age and we will die. How should we accompany one another on our journeys?

Yale Medicine: Mild Cognitive Impairment: It’s Not ‘Normal’ Aging

Blue Moon Senior Counseling: Mindfulness Activities for Seniors

Mindfulness has many health benefits for seniors. Learn simple mindfulness activities for stress relief and more.

Benefits of Laughter for Seniors

Laughter has health benefits at any age, but it can be especially good medicine for older adults.

Banner Health: The Benefits of Music on the Mind and Body of Older Adults

Music plays an important role at every age, but for aging adults, the benefits are even greater. Learn the many positive effects music has on older adults and their caregivers, and how to incorporate music into everyday living.

Help Guide: Sleep Tips for Older Adults

In order to sleep better, it is important to understand the underlying causes of your sleep problems. These tips can help you get a good night’s rest and improve the quality of your waking life.

Mental Health and Older Adults

APA: Anger More Harmful to Health of Older Adults Than Sadness

Studies suggest anger may lead to chronic illnesses due to increased inflammation.

Managing Increased Anger With Age

Learn the ill effects of anger on older adults. Includes anger management tips for seniors.

NCOA: Suicide and Older Adults: What You Should Know


AARP: Smart and Kind Ways to Help Seniors Suffering From Loneliness


Grief and Older Adults

Health Partners: Healing tips for older adults who are grieving

Retire Guide: Bereavement Overload: Coping With Cumulative Grief

Cake Blog: How to Help Aging Adults Cope With Grief: 10 Tips

Senior Pets


Seniors and Pets

Aging Care: The Healing Power of Pets for Seniors

Pets and the positive, healthful effects they can have on older adults.

Aging in Place: Older Adults And Pets

The benefits and challenges of older adults' interactions with pets. Includes ways to be involved with animals without pet adoption.

American Humane: Cats and Seniors

Although dogs make great pets for active seniors, many older pet parents cannot keep pace with a dog’s needsAn indoor cat leads a quieter life and is a good choice for some seniors.

How I Met My Dog: 7 Benefits of Adopting an Older Dog

Senior dogs enjoy casual walks and a slower pace. They can be wonderful companions for older adults and come ready to give and receive love.

ASPCA: The Advantages of Loving a Senior Pet

Senior pets are often a good match for less active older adults.

How to Care for Senior Pets

It is wise to understand the common health care needs of senior pets before you adopt.

6 Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable for a Senior Pet

Help your aging pet be more comfortable in your home with these six tips.

Seniors and Pet Loss Grief

The Ralph Site Blog: Tips for older adults grieving the loss of a pet

Everlasting Memories: Seniors and Pet Loss: How to Cope and How You Can Help


Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. This Pandemic of Grief

Sorrow and tragedy will happen to us all — 3 strategies to help you cope by Lucy Hone


Harvard Medicine: The Profound Sadness of Prolonged Grief

From Psychology Today

Disenfranchised Grief: Mourning Events that Never Were

There are so many ways that the pandemic took pieces of our hearts and lives.

Understanding Grief in the Shadow of COVID-19

Five Myths About Grief You May Believe

On this site (Articles by Chris)

COVID-19 and Grief: The Lost Parts of Ourselves

The Difference Between Grief and Depression: How Sad is Sad?

Grief and depression are not the same. Learn the differences with tips on when to consider professional guidance.


Health | Mental Health


Psychology Today: Self-Care Isn’t Selfish or Superficial

Science shows that prevention is less costly than repair.

Cleveland Clinic: How To Start a Self-Care Routine

Planning to Start Exercising? Start with Your Core First

Yale Medicine: How Inflammation Affects Your Health

Psychology Today: 5 Things That May Increase Brain Inflammation

NSAIDs vs. Acetaminophen: Which Over-the-Counter Medicine Should I Use?

The Nutrition Source: Nutrition and Immunity

Better Sleep, Better Health


Health Partners: Seasonal allergies: Symptoms, causes and peak times

Includes links for how to tell if you have allergies, colds, flu or COVID-19

How to treat and relieve seasonal allergies in 5 steps


Heart Health

17 Things To Know About High Blood Pressure

Hypertension forces the heart to work harder which can lead to serious medical problems.

Should You Check Your Blood Pressure at Home?

Maintaining a normal blood pressure is essential for good health. Home monitoring provides a more accurate picture.

How Is Heart Disease Different in Women?

Learn the most common symptoms of women's heart attacks because the symptoms, diagnoses, and even types of heart disease are not like men's.

Hopkins Medicine: Broken Heart Syndrome

Emotional and physical stress often cause this heart muscle weakness. It is an acute but temporary condition that mimics a heart attack. Grief is one type of emotional stress associated with broken heart syndrome.

Mental Health

Yale Medicine: How to Meditate: A simple meditation practice could make you healthier.

Psychology Today: Angry, Sad, and Weary? 5 Steps to Balance, Without Meditating

When we feel off-balance, our emotions show it. Here are five ways to stabilize.

Help Guide: Building Better Mental Health

Mental health refers to the presence of positive characteristics.These six strategies show you how to improve your mental health.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide


Better Sleep, Better Health

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.” Ovid

Sleep Foundation: Healthy Sleep Habits: Quick Tips for Better Sleep

National Sleep Foundation: Sleep Health Topics

Articles on sleep health with tips for improving sleep. Includes information about sleep disorders.

Yale Medicine: Sleep Content Center

A page of resources where you can get answers to sleep-related questions. Failing to pay attention to—and get help for—sleep problems can lead to physical, mental, and emotional health issues. Good news: Most sleep disorders respond well to treatment.

On this site (Article by Chris):

Insomnia and Grief: 14 Tips to Sleep Better

Lighter Side


The Lighter Side

COVID-19 lyrics to the tune of Billy Joel's The Longest Time (mp4 video)

This clever music video was made in April 2020 when the pandemic was new. Now it shows us just how far we've come. These were not the good old days. Tap Play, turn up the sound, be glad we don't live like this anymore, and enjoy.

Help Guide: Laughter is the Best Medicine

Cleveland Clinic: No Joke, Why Laughing Is Good for You

With a gentle reminder to avoid hurtful humor.

AHA: Can the groan-up humor of 'dad jokes' possibly be good for health?

When humor evokes warm laughter it can strengthen social connections in a deep and joyful way.


Music Is Good for You

“Where words fail, music speaks.” Hans Christian Andersen

Ask your friends to define the word music and they will probably give you a variety of answers. The love of music is worldwide, but an individual’s encounter with music is deeply personal. I found an uncomplicated definition of music on Musical Mum: At its heart, music is the organized sound of melody, harmony and rhythm that evokes emotions in the listener.

It is hard to describe the power of music in a paragraph or two, so I’ll let the American songwriter and musician Billy Joel do it for me: “I think music itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.”

He goes on: “I can't think of one person I've ever met who didn't like some type of music. More than art, more than literature, music is universally accessible.”

You don’t have to play a musical instrument, be a formally trained musician, or even sing, to reap the many health benefits of music:  Besides being good for your heart, music can improve mood, reduce stress, stimulate memories, relieve symptoms of depression, manage or ease pain, slow down eating, increase workout endurance and help you sleep better.


All you need to do is listen to the types of music (genres) that resonate with you. It will nourish your mind, body, and spirit because music is good for you.

Note: I love music, but it is important to consider some of music's disadvantages such as hearing loss, increased sad or angry feelings, evoking painful memories, distracted driving, and disturbing others with loud music.

Explore the Benefits of Music

Everlasting Memories: How Music Can Help You with Grief

Grief is painful, but music is a beautiful part of life. Consider giving music a chance to help you heal.

Banner Health: The Benefits of Music on the Mind and Body of Older Adults

Music plays an important role at every age, but for aging adults, the benefits are even greater. Learn the many positive effects music has on older adults and their caregivers, and how to incorporate music into everyday living.

BetterUp: The surprising ways music benefits your brain and body

This article explores the benefits of listening to music for your brain, body, and mental health. Then it looks at the benefits of specific types of music. Learn how to harness the power of music for your overall health and wellness.

Musical Mum: How Music Can Change the Way You Feel

Music has a wide range of emotional and physical effects on us. We know that music can change the way we feel, for better or worse. The only questions that remain are: How much can music do for us? And how can we use music to our advantage?

Verywell Mind: How Listening to Music Can Have Psychological Benefits

Instead of thinking of music as pure entertainment, consider some of the major mental health benefits of bringing music into your everyday life. You might find that you feel more motivated, happy, and relaxed as a result.

Cleveland Clinic: Music Therapy: What It Is, Types and Treatments

Music therapy is used for a variety of disorders including cardiac conditions, depression, autism, substance abuse and Alzheimer’s disease. It can help with memory, blood pressure, coping, stress, self-esteem and more. You don’t need a background in music to participate.

American Music Therapy Association: How to Find a Music Therapist


Mr. Holland's Opus, Richard Dreyfuss, Glenn Headly,  Olympia Dukakis.  Directed by Stephen Herek, Music by Michael Kamen, 1999.

Product description: In 1965, passionate musician Glenn Holland takes a day job as a high school music teacher, convinced it's just a small obstacle on the road to his true calling: writing a historic opus. As the decades roll by with the composition unwritten but generations of students inspired through his teaching, Holland must redefine his life's purpose.

For me, the heart of the movie is about the meaning of music in our lives. Mr. Holland has a deaf son and the father-son relationship between a gifted musician and his deaf child is an important part of the story--a compelling, and rare, portrayal of how people who cannot hear experience music.

Mr. Holland discovers that the path he did not want to take is the one he was supposed to travel all along. The movie is filled with joy, sorrow, humor, and inspiration. Consistently gets five star reviews.

On a personal note…


In the movie Amadeus, the composer Antonio Salieri laments that God gave him the desire for music, but no talent. I always thought the same was true of me.


I learned to read music and play a musical instrument in the public school system. I stayed with it through high school and college. Then I got busy with life and put my cornet down for many years.


When I started playing again, I wanted to join a community concert band but lacked the confidence to do so. It had been a long time since I was part of a musical group. I took a few lessons at a music store to get back on track. The instruction was useful but it was not enough.


I searched bookstores for advice on building confidence and found Making Music for the Joy of It by Stephanie Judy. It was exactly what I needed when I needed it.


She wrote that the word amateur comes from the Latin amare, meaning  ‘to love.’  I discovered that I am an amateur in the truest sense—I love making music. I do not have to be perfect, or the best. It is enough to simply relax and enjoy the journey, mistakes and all.


Exceptional talent is not required for music to enrich your life. So go ahead, listen to, or make, music for the joy of it. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.




Pets | Pet Care | Pet Loss

Great Pet Care: How to Support Pets in Ukraine

American Humane: Pups4Patriots™ and ways to help the veterans and military hero dogs who served

Help Guide: The Health and Mood-Boosting Benefits of Pets

Pets come with powerful health benefits including stress reduction and improved heart health. 7 Spiritual Lessons from Your Pet

We love our pets and they love us, but they can also teach us spiritual lessons if we stay open to the possibility.

Pet Care | Pet Health

Mayo Clinic: Can dogs and cats get COVID-19?

Pet Parenting in Our New Normal

Tips to Help Your Pets Adjust to Life After COVID

Separation anxiety can occur in both dogs and cats any time that you are away. Learn the signs and ways to help your furry friend adjust.

ASPCA: Disaster Preparedness

Vaccinations for Your Pet: The Benefits and Risks

Cutting Pet Care Costs (while still being a responsible pet parent)

ASPCA Pet Care: Comprehensive tips for pet parents of dogs, cats and horses

Best Friends Animal Society Pet Care Library

Something for everyone, whether seasoned rescuer, or first-time pet parent.

Pet Health Network

Dedicated to the health and well-being of pets and their people

Pet Loss

Help Guide: Coping with Losing a Pet

Pet Loss and COVID-19: Euthanasia

Compassionate advice for anyone facing this difficult time.

On this site (Articles by Chris)

Pet Loss and Anticipatory Grief: Knowing the End Is Near

Making the Decision to Euthanize Your Pet

Grieving the Death of Your Pet

Pet Loss: Grief Takes No Holiday

Adopting a New Pet After Loss

Lost or Stolen Pets: Safety Tips

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