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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 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.


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

Updated: May 27, 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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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


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.

Sources | Learning More

COVID-19 Stats and Facts


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

Johns Hopkins: Worldwide Coronavirus Maps and Cases

The Basics from Yale Medicine

5 Things Everyone Should Know About the Coronavirus Outbreak (Updated)

Omicron and the BA.2 Subvariant: A Guide to What We Know

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

General COVID-19 Resources

CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019

Johns Hopkins: Coronavirus Health Information

Yale Medicine: COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)


Covid-19 Tests

Which COVID-19 Test Should You Get? The ins and outs of different COVID-19 tests


Healthline: The 12 Best At-Home COVID-19 Tests

KHN: 5 Things You Should Know About ‘Free’ At-Home Covid Tests

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.

Stat News: How we got herd immunity wrong

Colds | Flu | Allergies

Johns Hopkins: COVID-19 vs. the Flu

Emerson Hospital: Allergies, Cold, Flu or COVID-19? How to Tell the Difference

Verywell Health: 'Flurona' Is Not New: COVID and Flu Co-infection Explained

COVID-19 and Children

Hopkins: Coronavirus in Babies and Kids: Symptoms and Prevention

What to Do If Your Child Gets COVID-19

COVID-19 and Medical Conditions

Mayo Clinic: COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms?

Yale Medicine: What Does It Mean To Be ‘Immunocompromised’?

Johns Hopkins: Can Coronavirus Cause Heart Damage?

Elder Care

COVID-19 and Nursing Homes: An American Tragedy

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

Long Haul COVID

Johns Hopkins: COVID ‘Long Haulers’: Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

Help Guide: Long COVID: Symptoms and Help for COVID Long Haulers


AMA: What doctors wish patients knew about long COVID

Yale Medicine: What Happens When Kids Get Long COVID?

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

RECOVER: Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery

Long COVID and Mental Health

Verywell Health: How to Cope With Post-COVID Brain Fog

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

Why Long COVID Patients Are Struggling With Depression

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?

The Link Between J&J’s COVID Vaccine and Blood Clots: What You Need to Know

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

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 Boosters

COVID-19 Boosters: The Latest Advice

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

CDC: Current Booster Eligibility

COVID-19 Treatments

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

Yale Medicine: 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 over 20 different 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.

Stat News First Opinion: Does Paxlovid help people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19? Show us the data

Written by an MD, this article explores the need for independent reviews of pharmaceutical clinical trials and why the American public (rightfully) distrusts Big Pharma. Related: As reports of ‘Paxlovid rebound’ increase, Covid researchers scramble for answers

Do vitamin D, zinc, and other supplements help prevent COVID-19 or hasten healing?

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

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."

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

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.


Learning to Live With PTSD and COVID-19

Moving forward in post-pandemic times

Bracing for BA.2: Is Post-Pandemic Growth Possible?

4 ways to cope with the next wave and spark post-pandemic growth

The Post Pandemic Workplace

Verywell Mind: 8 Tips to Handle the Stress of Working From Home

How Can Remote Workers Adapt to Office Life Again?

How to Cope with Zoom Fatigue

Microsoft: 6 Principles for Hybrid Work Wellbeing

Going Remote: What We’ve Lost … And What We’ve Gained

Creative Blueprints: Finding Balance In Hybrid Work Schedules


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

Healthline Q&A: What to Expect With COVID-19 This Summer

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

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



Pets | Pet Care | Pet Loss

Great Pet Care: How to Support Pets in Ukraine

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

ASPCA: Pet Parenting in Our New Normal

Animals Acquired During the Pandemic are Being Relished, Not Returned

Tips to Help Your Pets Adjust to Life After COVID

Is veterinary curbside service here to stay?

Urgent Vet: Urgent Care is the Next Frontier in Veterinary Medicine

Pet Loss and COVID-19: Euthanasia

Compassionate advice for anyone facing this difficult time. Helping Pets: COVID-19 Resources

On this site

Pet Loss and Anticipatory Grief: Knowing the End Is Near

Making the Decision to Euthanize Your Pet

Grieving the Death of Your Pet


Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D. This Pandemic of Grief

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

Health | Mental Health


Harvard Health: Helpful Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

The Nutrition Source: Nutrition and Immunity

Yale Medicine: How Inflammation Affects Your Health

Sleep Foundation: Sleep Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Healthline: 5 Unhealthy Pandemic Habits and How to Break Them

Mental Health

Yale Medicine: Taking Your 'Mental Health' Temperature During COVID-19

Help Guide: Coronavirus Help: Mental Health

Verywell Mind: Caring for Your Mental Health in the Return to Normalcy

Verywell Family: 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)

Travel | Holidays

NPR: These airlines are dropping mask mandates after a federal judge's ruling


CDC: Domestic and International Travel Guidelines

CDC: Activities, Gatherings and Holidays

On this site

Pet Loss: Grief Takes No Holiday

Psychological Biases

Verywell Mind: What Is Cognitive Bias?

Psychology Today: Biases Are Neither All Good nor All Bad

4 Cognitive Biases That Can Impair Pandemic Decision-Making

Wikipedia: The Normalcy Bias

Back to Coping with Media Bad News

For Musicians

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

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