COVID-19:

Stats, Facts and Related Reading

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 the pandemic to end but it is not over yet. 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 can delete 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 September 28, 2022

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.

School Shootings | Trauma

Yale Medicine: How To Talk To Kids About School Shootings

Regardless of the specific topic, it’s important to listen.
 

HelpGuide: Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events

Children and teens are more vulnerable to being traumatized by accidents, pandemics, violent crime, or other disasters. With the right adult support, they are also able to recover faster.

How to Cope with Traumatic Events

Any traumatic event can take an emotional toll, but there are ways to regain control of your life.

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 BA.5: 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’?

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.

Yale Medicine: Herd Immunity: Will We Ever Get There?

Elder Care

COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: An American Tragedy

Stat News: New report offers solutions for improving nursing home care

Verywell Health: What to Know About Dementia and COVID-19

Long COVID

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

 

AMA: What doctors wish patients knew about long COVID

Stat News: ‘There’s no one long Covid’: Experts struggle to make sense of the continuing mystery

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

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

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?

Novavax's COVID-19 Vaccine: Your Questions Answered

How Long Does Immunity Last After COVID-19? (Natural and Vaccine Immunity)

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

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

Yale Medicine: The Omicron Booster: Your Questions Answered

COVID-19 Boosters: The Latest Advice

You Got the J&J Vaccine: Should You Get the Booster?

CDC: Current Booster Eligibility

Timing Boosters and Flu Shots

Healthline: Flu Vaccine or COVID-19 Booster? Which Shot Should You Get First This Fall?

Johns Hopkins: COVID-19 vs. the Flu

COVID-19 Treatments

Harvard Health: Treatments for COVID-19: What helps, what doesn't, and what's in the pipeline

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

9 Things You Need To Know About Molnupiravir, 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.

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

Life After the Pandemic

When does the pandemic end?

McKinsey: When will the COVID-19 pandemic end?

Is It Time to Stop Talking About COVID?

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

Stat News: Is the Covid-19 pandemic over? The answer is more art than science

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

How have we changed?

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

Web MD: The Pandemic Has Changed Us, Permanently

Moving Forward | Resilience

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

How people promoted their mental health during the pandemic.

Help Guide: Surviving Tough Times by Building Resilience

Whether you’re facing a global or personal crisis—or a mix of both—building resilience can help you cope and enjoy better days to come.

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

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

Stat News: A third Covid autumn is upon us. Here’s a look at where we stand

Grocery Store Shortages

Yale Medicine: Baby Formula Shortage: 8 Tips for Parents

 

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

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.

Five Myths About Grief You May Believe

On this site

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

The Nutrition Source: Nutrition and Immunity

Sleep Foundation: Sleep Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental Health

Help Guide: Coronavirus Help: Mental Health

How the Pandemic Affects the Mental Health of Children and Teens

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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