“A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.” ~William James
Updated: October 19, 2021
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.
8 tips for making sense of the daily flood of COVID-19 information:*
Disengage from the emotion of the information.
Check the source.
Evaluate your own bias.
Get the full context.
Do not assume public figures are always right.
Avoid jumping on the latest COVID-19 study.
Be wary of COVID-19 information on social media.
Safeguard your mental health from the negative effects of COVID-19 overload.
What you can do:
Minimize watching, reading, or listening to news about COVID-19 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.
*Sources | Learning More:
On this page:
COVID-19 Stats and Facts
CDC: COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the U.S.
Johns Hopkins: Worldwide Coronavirus Maps and Cases
5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak
Virus Variants: What Do You Need To Know Now?
5 Things To Know About the Delta Variant
Which COVID-19 Test Should You Use? The ins and outs of different COVID-19 tests
General COVID-19 Resources:
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019
Yale Medicine: COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)
Healthline Coronavirus Hub: Updates, Prevention Tips, and Resources on COVID-19
Breakthroughs | Herd Immunity:
COVID Breakthrough Infection: Can You Spread It to Others?
Herd Immunity: Will We Ever Get There? Endemic More Likely
COVID-19 and Children:
Am. Academy of Pediatrics: COVID-19: What Families Need to Know
Hopkins: Coronavirus in Babies and Kids: Symptoms and Prevention
COVID-19 and Medical Conditions:
Mayo Clinic: COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms?
Long Haul COVID:
Johns Hopkins Public Health: Young People and Long COVID
Help Guide: Long COVID: Symptoms and Help for COVID Long Haulers
Yale Medicine: Why Vaccines May Be Helping Some With Long COVID
COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: An American Tragedy
Colds | Flu | Allergies:
Johns Hopkins: COVID-19 vs. the Flu
Are Colds and Flu Coming Back?
Winter is coming, again: What to expect from Covid-19 as the season looms
Seasonal Allergies Are Worse This Year: Is it an allergy or COVID-19?
COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
Contagion Live: The COVID Vaccine Race
(Vaccine news with regular updates)
Comparing the COVID-19 Vaccines: How Are They Different?
How Long Will Your Coronavirus Vaccination Last?
Will You Need a COVID-19 Booster? What We Know So Far
Vaccines Are Important—But What Are They and How Do They Work?
Lack of side effects after COVID-19 vaccination doesn't mean it isn't working
Children and Teens:
CDC: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
Hopkins: COVID-19 Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know
Harvard Health: Treatments for COVID-19: What helps, what doesn't, and what's in the pipeline
AMA Public Health: COVID-19 therapeutics: What the evidence shows
Yale Medicine: 9 Things You Need To Know About the New COVID-19 Pill
FDA: Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19
Stat News: Covid-19 overtakes 1918 Spanish flu as deadliest disease in American history
The Atlantic: You Might Want to Wait to Get a Booster Shot: No Simple Rules for Timing
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)
Verywell Health: COVID Fraud Is on the Rise. Here's How to Spot a Scam
BBB: Looking for a job? Be careful! Job scams increased during pandemic
Pets | Pet Care | Pet Loss
Tips to Help Your Pets Adjust to Life After COVID
Animals Acquired During the Pandemic are Being Relished, Not Returned
Veterinary clinics unwind COVID-19 restrictions
Is veterinary curbside service here to stay?
ASPCA: Pet Parenting in Our New Normal
CDC: What You Need to Know If You Have Pets
How to Create a COVID-19 Pet Preparedness Plan
How to Adopt or Foster a Dog or Cat During COVID-19
Pet Loss and COVID-19: Euthanasia
Compassionate advice for anyone facing this difficult time.
On this site:
Pet Loss and Anticipatory Grief: Knowing the End Is Near
Saying Goodbye to Your Pet
Grieving the Death of Your Pet
Life After the Pandemic
McKinsey Report: When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?
Stat News: The stages of pandemic emotion: from horror, hope and rage to anxious optimism
Psychology Today: Pandemic Whiplash: Finding Resilience in Today's Chaos
McClean: How to Deal With Ongoing Stress Caused by Working From Home
10 Tips to Prevent Zoom Fatigue
Coping with Grief During COVID-19
Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. This Pandemic of Grief
Five Myths About Grief You May Believe
On this site:
COVID-19 and Grief: The Lost Parts of Ourselves
Health | Mental Health
Harvard Health: Helpful Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System
The Nutrition Source: Nutrition and Immunity
Cleveland Clinic: Coronasomnia: Dealing with COVID Insomnia
Sleep Foundation: Sleep Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Help Guide: Coronavirus Help: Mental Health
Taking Your 'Mental Health' Temperature During COVID-19
Help Guide: Suicide Prevention: Plenty You Can Do to Help Save a Life
Why Did U.S. Suicides Decrease in 2020?
Travel | Holidays
COVID-19 and Safer Travel Ideas
Delta COVID Cases Are Rising: Can You Travel Safely Right Now?
CDC: COVID-19 and Holiday Celebrations
(Link redirects you to vaccine info)
CDC pulls holiday recommendations, 'will share additional guidance soon'
On this site:
Pet Loss: Grief Takes No Holiday
What Is Cognitive Bias?
Biases Are Neither All Good nor All Bad
How to Avoid Cognitive Biases When Dealing With COVID-19
Wikipedia: The Normalcy Bias
Science News: What science tells us about reducing coronavirus spread from wind instruments
On the Lighter Side
COVID-19 Lyrics to the tune of Billy Joel's The Longest Time
(mp4 video | Click Play and turn up the sound)