Protecting Your Health
Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker: This tracker from The NY Times does a great job keeping up with the 100+ efforts to find a vaccine. It offers detail on only those vaccines that have reached human trials.
Coronavirus Drug and Treatment Tracker: This NY Times tracker covers “the most talked about treatments for the coronavirus.” It breaks them down according to the accumulation of evidence to support their use, and identifies those that are fraudulent or dependent on pseudoscience.
CDC Coronavirus 2019: From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this resource identifies need-to-know information on symptoms and testing, guidance on how to reduce the spread of the virus, what to do if you are in the high risk population, how to prepare, and additional resources.
Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine: Offers a range of information, including guidance on protecting your health and answers to frequently asked questions.
Containing the Virus
Expanding Mass Surveillance While Protecting Privacy: This Australian’s perspective, published in MIT Technology Review, offers an historical perspective on contact tracing and the stigma associated with it, and suggests some parameters for implementing safeguards from new data-driven technologies that can tell public health officials who we’ve been in contact with.
Balancing Privacy and Public Health: This opinion piece in Stat from Dr. David Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund, and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) offers some helpful thinking on introducing new contact tracing technologies into the centuries-old method of tracking down people who had contact with those who are newly infected.
Five Ways to Follow the Coronavirus Outbreak for Any Metro Area in the U.S.: This page from The NY Times offers useful ways to look at the current status of the virus’ spread and the mortality rate, among other things, in metropolitan areas around the country. One drop-down menu allowed us to choose Washington, DC, and the associated graph showed us a secondary rise in infections occurring in the DC metro area after about a week in which we seemed to have flattened the curve.
Tracking the Global Outbreak: This The NY Times page offers a different set of insights into what countries have the most infections and where in the world the virus is spreading fastest. There is also a link to a page that offers similar insights into the outbreak here in the US.
Naming the virus and the disease: This page from the World Health Organization (WHO) explains how the virus came to be called SARS-CoV-2 and this particular coronavirus disease COVID-19.
How Coronavirus Attacks the Body: This video from the George Washington University Hospital and the NY Times offers a good explanation of the respiratory crisis that has killed so many COVID-19 patients.
Testing for COVID-19: This page from Lab Tests Online, a free public resource from the laboratory testing community, explains what COVID-19 is, how it is tested, and much more.
COVID-19 Expert Database: This fact-checking resource dedicated to debunking misinformation around COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 is provided by the Digital Health Lab, organized by Meedan to develop a standard of care for responding to health misinformation online. Ask a question and get it answered by a community of health practitioners, researchers, journalists, and activists and end-users actively engaged in reducing health misinformation.
Getting Through the Economic Stoppage
“CARES Act to the Rescue”: This article from FORBES breaks down what the CARES Act legislation does for small and mid-size businesses, franchisors, and franchisees.
What’s in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: This breakdown from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget offers a debate-free look at what’s in the relief package that became law on Mar 26.
CARES Act Provisions and Analysis: The National Law Review provides a detailed breakdown of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Phase III of the federal government’s response to COVID-19.
Voting While Social Distancing
Vote by mail in your state: This tool from Represent Us will tell you whether you can vote by mail in your state and, if you can, how to get your ballot, and if not, what steps you can take to help expand vote by mail in your state.
Vote at Home Reference Library: This PDF from the National Vote at Home Institute includes links to a variety of resources for learning about vote at home.
Time to Vote: If you represent a civic-minded business, this is where you can join that part of the business community that is committed to giving their employees the day off to make sure they can vote. Started before the coronavirus crisis struck, the additional time may be even more important now as COVID-19 may reduce the number of polling places, which will lead to longer lines and require more time for voters to cast their vote.
Accountability for the Debt
COVID Money Tracker, launched by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, says it “will track every significant financial action taken to address the current crisis and then follow the dollars over time to provide valuable information on how much has been disbursed (or paid back) and to whom.” The Committee did the same thing for the stimulus spending during the Great Recession.