Coronavirus COVID-19 Information and Resources



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  • Coronavirus Dashboard — Jefferson County, OH: Provides Overview, Statistics, Symptoms, Treatments, Variants, Prevention, Testing.
  • Ohio COVID-19 map: Mayo Clinic is tracking COVID-19 cases and forecasting hot spots. All data and predictions include the delta and omicron variants and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. This map shows a rolling average of daily cases for the past week.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak Situation Maps:

  • Redesigned: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center: Includes links to the World Map, new COVID-19 United States Cases by County Map & Explore Critical Trends, all in one easy to use location.
  • COVID Risk Levels Dashboard: How severe is the pandemic where you live? To help cut through the noise and sometimes conflicting advice, a network of research, policy and public health experts convened by Harvard’s Global Health Institute and Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics today launches a Key Metrics For COVID Suppression framework that provides clear, accessible guidance to policy makers and the public on how to target and suppress COVID-19 more effectively across the nation.
  • COVID-19 Case Mapper (Big Local News): Find COVID-19 case data for any state and county. Search by ZIP Code or County name – Export & Embed code. Created to make it possible for local journalists to easily embed up-to-date visualizations related to the coronavirus pandemic on their sites for readers, and free up time for other important local journalism.
  • Coronavirus Dashboard — Jefferson County, OH: Provides Overview, Statistics, Symptoms, Treatments, Variants, Prevention, Testing.
    • Ohio COVID-19 map: Mayo Clinic is tracking COVID-19 cases and forecasting hot spots. All data and predictions include the delta and omicron variants and other SARS-CoV-2 variants. This map shows a rolling average of daily cases for the past week.
Center for Disease Control (CDC):

Johns Hopkins Hospital:

Moral & Ethical Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccines:

Mental Health & Wellness:

American College Health Association (ACHA):

  • New COVID Guidance for Colleges Is Stricter Than CDC’s (1/20/2022 | InsideHigherEd): The American College Health Association (ACHA) recommends that students who test positive for COVID-19 not leave isolation until they receive a negative rapid antigen test — a departure from the latest CDC guidelines, which lowered the recommended quarantine period from 10 to five days and do not require a negative antigen test to end isolation. If a student tests positive after five days, they should test again on day seven or eight, said Gerri Taylor, co-chair of the ACHA’s COVID-19 task force. “And then if that is positive, they should stay through the full 10 days of isolation.” The new guidelines also recommend the use of N95, KN95 or surgical masks on campus, and amend the definition of “up-to-date” vaccination status to include a booster dose, in keeping with CDC guidelines.
  • Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era (American College Health Association )
  • Preparing for COVID-19 - American College Health Association (ACHA)

Catholic Health Association of the United States:

MyCatholicDoctor:

  • MyCatholicDoctor.com: Coronavirus. What you need to know about Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
  • The Catholic Answer to Vaccines by Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, a pediatrician and e co-founder of MyCatholicDoctor: What is the Catholic teaching on vaccination? Are some vaccines related to abortion? What about the coronavirus/COVID vaccine? This article summarizes official Roman Catholic teaching on vaccination with references to the original documents.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB):

The White House & Govt. Offices:

  • Vaccines.gov: Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You. Includes check boxes to select either the Moderna COVID Vaccine or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID Vaccine or Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID Vaccine.
  • Opening Up America Again: White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts.
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – White House, CDC, HHS, FEMA: How to Prepare & Protect Yourself, What to Do If You Think You Are Sick, FAQs.

World Health Organization (WHO):

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA):

  • COVID-19: What You Need to Know – Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA): the latest COVID-19 developments providing links to guidance from government health authorities and the World Health Organization, journal articles and more.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Environmental Protection Agency:

Journal of Internal Medicine:

  • Those with Mild Coronavirus Experience Loss of Taste, Smell in 86% of Cases (Journal of Internal Medicine): "[Olfactory dysfunction] is more prevalent in mild COVID-19 forms than in moderate-to-critical forms," the researchers said in the study, noting that according to their research, 75% to 85% of people regained their ability to taste and smell two months after their infection, while 95% of patients regained their ability to taste and smell at six months.

Mayo Clinic:

Medline Plus:

Military Health System:

  • Military Health System Coronavirus: DOD will closely coordinate with our interagency partners to ensure accurate and timely information is available and encourage all appropriate measures are taken to limit the virus' spread.

National Institutes of Health:

  • Coronavirus Can Persist for Months After Traversing Body: The N.I.H. researchers posit that infection of the pulmonary system may result in an early “viremic” phase, in which the virus is present in the bloodstream and is seeded throughout the body, including across the blood-brain barrier, even in patients experiencing mild or no symptoms.
  • NIH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Resources from the National Institutes of Health covering Severity, Risk Assessment, CDC Response and Recommendations.

National Safety Council:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA:

Public Health Emergency: Mission of the HHS Office

  • Public Health Emergency: The mission of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is to save lives and protect Americans from 21st century health security threats.

 Scripps Research:

  • Mutated Coronavirus Shows Significant Boost in Infectivity (Scripps Research): COVID-19-causing viral variant taking over in the United States and Europe now carries more functional, cell-binding spikes. A tiny genetic mutation in the SARS coronavirus 2 variant circulating throughout Europe and the United States significantly increases the virus’ ability to infect cells, lab experiments performed at Scripps Research show.

U of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research:

  • CIDRP Novel Coronavirus Resource Center: U of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy new online resource center to educate the public about the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Yale Medicine:

  • “5 Things To Know About the Delta Variant”: Kathy Katella | July 15, 2021 | Yale Medicine. “A major concern right now is Delta, a highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus strain, which was first identified in India in December. It then swept rapidly through that country and Great Britain as well. The first Delta case in the United States was diagnosed in March and it is now the dominant strain in the U.S.”

Ohio Department of Health:

Washington - Dept. of Health:

Yale Environmental Health & Safety:

Inside Higher Ed:

  • 8 Steps to Prepare for a Pandemic That's Becoming Endemic (InsideHigherEd): It's time for colleges to rethink their plans for the spring semester, write David Wippman and Glenn C. Altschuler, who present a path that offers a balance between safety and normalcy (12/20/2021).
  • A Generation Defined by the Pandemic (InsideHigherEd): A new survey about student experiences during the fall semester and the coronavirus pandemic found that stress, anxiety and loneliness were their overriding concern.
  • Scenario Planning for Coronavirus (InsideHigherEd): Frequently used in military situations, it can help college and university leaders during this uncertain time, writes Paul N. Friga, who presents a high-level scenario analysis and some recommended actions.
  • Coronavirus and Higher Education (InsideHigherEd): Roundup of news about how higher education is coping with initial U.S. impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, and how colleges are preparing for a dizzying array of likely disruptions.
  • What Katrina Taught Us About Online Delivery (InsideHigherEd), March 11, 2020. In 2005, more than 120 U.S. universities came to the aid of some 20 colleges and universities that had been impacted by Hurricane Katrina through shared online classes. There is much discussion now about continuing the delivery of the curriculum in instances where the new coronavirus may disrupt traditional campus offerings.

CNN:

FORBES:

FOX News Health:

NBC Health News:

  • What is the coronavirus? Here's what we know about it. Here's what to know about the new Coronavirus, which causes a disease called COVID-19.
  • Coronavirus Self-Quarantine 101 (NBC): According to NBC News, quarantine means "physically separating a person." It's less severe than isolation, which may be done in a hospital and may last longer. Under quarantine you can still interact with your family and move around your home.

New York Times:

Reuters:

  • How a Changing Virus Is Reshaping Scientists’ Views on COVID-19: March 3 (Reuters) — Chris Murray, a University of Washington disease expert…is changing his assumptions about the course of the pandemic.…But in the last month, data from a vaccine trial in South Africa showed not only that a rapidly-spreading coronavirus variant could dampen the effect of the vaccine, it could also evade natural immunity in people who had been previously infected.

The Washington Post:

  • COVID Surge in Western Europe Has U.S. Bracing for Another Wave: by Lenny Bernstein and Joel Achenbach; The Washington Post | March 16, 2022. “Infectious-disease experts are closely watching the subvariant of omicron known as BA.2, which appears to be more transmissible than the original strain, BA.1, and is fueling the outbreak overseas.”

National Association of Manufacturers – NAM:

  • Coronavirus Resources (National Association of Manufacturers – NAM): Includes Federal Government Response | OSHA Employee Health and Safety | DHS Pandemic Planning | Customs and Border Protection.

Miscellaneous:

  • Coronavirus Dashboard — Jefferson County, OH: Provides Overview, Statistics, Symptoms, Treatments, Variants, Prevention, Testing.
  • Throat Swabs Better Than Nasal Swabs Among Rapid Tests, Experts Claim (ScienceTimes). On December 28, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that rapid tests may be less sensitive to the Omicron variant. That is why saliva tests are more recommended than nasal rapid antigen tests.…Dr. Michael Daignault, an emergency doctor in Los Angeles, explained that this is because more virus potentially lives in the throat. Throat swabs or the rapid test that involves a procedure of sweeping a swab at the back of the mouth is supported by many experts, saying it is a go-to test of many people and can detect the Omicron variant despite the recent announcement of FDA.
  • UC Davis microbiome expert, Dr. Jonathan Eisen, director of the UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program, weighs in on the Omicron variant and shares his evolving thoughts on eating out, indoor events and long Covid (December 30, 2021).
  • Pfizer booster’s ability to prevent symptomatic COVID wanes within weeks. Data shows 3rd shot 70% effective in preventing illness after 2 weeks but only 45% after 10 weeks; Moderna seems to offer more durable protection, staying at 70% after 10 weeks.
  • Symptomatic COVID Patients Are More Contagious (University of Georgia): "Individuals with COVID-19 are most likely to spread the virus to close contacts two days before the onset of symptoms to three days after symptoms appear, and the risk of transmission is highest when patients had mild or moderate disease severity, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Georgia. The study, which was published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, supports the idea that if a person with COVID-19 is sicker, they are more contagious compared to asymptomatic cases."
  • New data on coronavirus vaccine effectiveness may be "a wakeup call" (Axios). What they're saying: The study found the Pfizer vaccine was only 42% effective against infection in July, when the Delta variant was dominant.
  • Worse Than the Disease? Reviewing Some Possible Unintended Consequences of the mRNA Vaccines Against COVID-19
    International Journal of Vaccine Theory, Practice and Research
  • Fighting the Infodemic: Led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, the #CoronaVirusFacts / #DatosCoronaVirus Alliance unites more than 100 fact-checkers around the world in publishing, sharing and translating facts surrounding the new coronavirus.
  • New Rapid Expert Consultation Offers Strategies for Navigating Disaster Response, Evacuation, and Sheltering Complicated by COVID-19 (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
  • Coronavirus Small Business Issues and Solutions Guide (Chamber of Commerce): In order to aid and inform owners of small businesses, we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide to coronavirus issues and solutions.
  • 'Half-Masking' May Increase Coronavirus Risk: A study out of the University of North Carolina (UNC) published in the journal Cell suggested the novel coronavirus tends to first penetrate and infect the nasal cavity and in some cases can be aspirated into the lungs, where it can progress to pneumonia.
  • How Can I Spot Misinformation about the Coronavirus and COVID-19? (University of Toronto Libraries): The next time someone shares a COVID-19 ‘fact’ via text or social media, verify it before you share it!
  • How COVID-19 Affects the Mental Health of Seniors: If you are in the 65 and up age group it has probably limited your social interaction even more than others. These extra precautions the elderly have to take has affected their mental health and feelings of loneliness more than usual.
  • CHICAGO (Reuters) – Scientists Just Beginning to Understand the Many Health Problems Caused by COVID-19 – June 26, 2020: Scientists are only starting to grasp the vast array of health problems caused by the novel coronavirus, some of which may have lingering effects on patients and health systems for years to come, according to doctors and infectious disease experts.
  • "The Sober Math Everyone Must Understand about the Pandemic": Jason S Warner, March 16, 2020. Issue One: Social Norms Are Powerful Motivators and Getting in the Way of People Taking the Right Steps in Response to the Pandemic: One of the current problems with addressing the pandemic is the social pressures of taking action today. It’s awkward, and feels like an over-reaction. The reason it feels like an overreaction is that most people OVERWEIGHT the currently reported cases and inherently UNDERWEIGHT the mathematics of how the virus is spreading and what will happen in about 30 days time. This is because our brains tend to think linearly as opposed to logarithmically.
  • Air Purifiers & Coronavirus (Alen Corp Blog) March 13, 2020. A straightforward look at the complexities of capturing viruses. With the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many are wondering whether air purifiers can help combat airborne viruses.

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