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COVID-19:

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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 information below is updated on a regular basis. I will be glad when the day arrives that I click the final delete on coronavirus topics.

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

Updated on February 6, 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 related topics from sources that I trust, but I urge you to do your own research. Thank you for visiting. Be well.

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COVID-19 | Related Topics

 

8 Tips for Coping with Constant Media Bad News

COVID-19:

  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 HelpGuide.org.

Sources | Learning More

War in Ukraine

Psychology Today: Misinformation and Trauma: How to Watch a War Online

Staying informed while avoiding fake news and unhelpful doomscrolling.

How Images of War in Ukraine Can Trigger PTSD

Five steps to help ease anxiety, especially for veterans and trauma survivors.

MIT: How to avoid sharing bad information about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Even well-meaning attempts to participate in the news can play into bad actors’ campaigns.

APA: Talking to kids about the war in Ukraine

Strategies for discussing the conflict in age-appropriate ways with children and teens.

COVID-19 Stats and Facts

Statistics

CDC: COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the U.S.

Johns Hopkins: Worldwide Coronavirus Maps and Cases

The Basics from Yale Medicine

9 Things Everyone Should Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak

Omicron and its Subvariants: A Guide to What We Know

Omicron, Delta, Alpha, and More: What To Know About the Coronavirus Variants

 

What Does It Mean To Be ‘Immunocompromised’?

Mpox (formerly Monkeypox): What You Need To Know

General COVID-19 Resources

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019

Johns Hopkins: Coronavirus Health Information

Yale Medicine: COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)

Breakthroughs | Endemicity

AMA: What doctors wish patients knew about breakthrough COVID infections

Healthline: Will COVID-19 Become Endemic and What Does That Mean?

The Altlantic: Endemicity Is Meaningless: We have no idea what happens next.

Elder Care

COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: An American Tragedy

10 COVID-19 Questions to Ask a Nursing Home

Good Rx Health: How Does COVID Affect Memory? Exploring the Link Between COVID and Dementia

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

Long COVID

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

 

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

Healthline: Brain Fog From COVID-19: How Long Does It Last?

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

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

Contagion Live: “Long COVID” Caused by Hidden Viral Reservoirs

For most mild infections, long Covid symptoms clear after a year, large study finds

Kids and Long COVID
 

Yale Medicine: What Happens When Kids Get Long COVID?

 

Healthline: Children Hospitalized with COVID-19 Can Have Lingering Health Issues Months Later


 

Long COVID and Mental Health

Verywell Mind: How Long Haul COVID Takes a Toll on Your Mental Health

Psychology Today: The Mystery of Long COVID

Vaccines | Boosters 

Contagion Live: Latest Vaccine News

COVID-19 Vaccines

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

How Long Will Your Coronavirus Vaccination Last?

Lack of side effects after COVID-19 vaccination doesn't mean it isn't working

Children and Teens

Yale Medicine: COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Ages 5 to 11: What Parents Need To Know

COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids Under 5: What Parents Need To Know
 

COVID-19 Boosters

COVID-19 Boosters: The Latest Advice

CDC: Current Booster Eligibility

Omicron Booster

Yale Medicine: The Omicron Booster: Your Questions Answered

Stat News: Two recent studies report good news about updated COVID-19 vaccine performance

Winter Viruses

 

Yale Medicine: The Flu Is Back: Here's How To Get Through It

Medical experts discuss Tamiflu, distinguishing flu from COVID, and more.

‘Tripledemic:’ What Happens When Flu, RSV, and COVID-19 Cases Collide?

Doctors share tips on how to stay healthy this winter.

Johns Hopkins: What You Need To Know about XBB.1.5, Omicron’s Latest Variant

XBB.1.5 is a reminder that we have the tools to fight off COVID—but we need to use them effectively.

The nickname for XBB 1.5 is Kraken, a mythical sea monster in Scandinavian lore.

Harvard Health: Vaccines against the flu and COVID-19: What you need to know

Web MD: Norovirus (Winter Vomiting Bug): Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention

COVID-19 Treatments

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

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

9 Things You Need To Know About Molnupiravir, (Lagevrio), Merck's COVID-19 Pill

13 Things To Know About Paxlovid, Pfizer's COVID-19 Pill

CAUTION: Paxlovid can interact with several classes of prescription medications and some over-the-counter herbal supplements like St. John's wort. Be sure to discuss potential serious interactions with your doctor and pharmacist.

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

Web MD: FDA Withdraws Authorization for COVID Drug Evusheld

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

 

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

Hopkins Medicine: Covid-19 — Myth Versus Fact

 

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

Life After the Pandemic

When does the pandemic end?

Web MD: COVID Emergency Orders Ending: What’s Next?

Overview of how the end of the public health emergency will trigger multiple federal policy changes. 

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

Is It Time to Stop Talking About COVID?

There may be value in shifting our mindset from "pandemic" to "endemic."

McKinsey: When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

From pandemic to endemic: Understanding current levels of risk

Harvard Health: Is the COVID-19 pandemic over, or not?

How will we know when it ends — and does it matter?

Web MD: For Millions, the Pandemic Isn’t Over: 'We Are Indeed Stuck'

How have we changed?

Avail Hospital Blog: How the Pandemic Has Changed Us, Permanently

Medical News Today: How has the pandemic changed our behavior

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.

Contagion Live: Lessons in Resilience: What HIV Teaches Us About COVID-19

Learning to Live With PTSD and COVID-19

Moving forward in post-pandemic times


 

Newsworthy

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.

NPR: If you're finding this stage of the pandemic especially confusing, you're not alone

Verywell Health: Why You Might Feel Numb to Pandemic News

Web MD: Haven't Had COVID Yet? Wanna Bet?

Healthline: Is it Luck or Something Else? How Never COVID 'Novids' Have Avoided COVID-19

   

 

Grocery Store Shortages

 

Taste of Home: 10 Items You Might Not Find in Your Grocery Store (And Why)

Consumer Reports: 12 Tactics to Deal With Shortages and Unpredictability at the Grocery Store

COVID 19
Vaccines
After Pandemic
Treatments
Long COVID
News
Ukraine
Winter Viruses
Shortages
Grief
Health

Shrinkflation

CNET: What Is Shrinkflation and What Does It Mean for Your Favorite Supermarket Items?

Inflation Blues? Tips to Save Money on Food, Gas and Travel

 

 

Grief

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

From Psychology Today

Coping with Grief During COVID-19

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?

Health | Mental Health

Health

Yale Medicine: How Inflammation Affects Your Health

Psychology Today: 5 Things That May Increase Brain Inflammation

The Nutrition Source: Nutrition and Immunity

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

Mental Health

Seasonal Affective Disorder: How to Cope with 'Winter Blues'

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

Psychology Today:  Why Is There an Increase in Depression After COVID?

Help Guide: Suicide Prevention: Plenty You Can Do to Help Save a Life
 

COVID-19 Scam Alerts

FCC: Coronavirus Scams (Communications)

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

 

FTC: Avoid Coronavirus Scams (Consumers)

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

Psychological Biases

Verywell Mind: What Is Cognitive Bias?

Psychology Today: Biases Are Neither All Good nor All Bad

Wikipedia: The Normalcy Bias

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On the Lighter Side

COVID-19 lyrics to the tune of Billy Joel's The Longest Time

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Help Guide: Laughter is the Best Medicine

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