Where to Find Up-to-Date Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

 

Many Michigan residents and others around the world want to be informed and are seeking answers about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The Traverse Area District Library can help. Below is a list of websites with information (updated daily) on the virus and its prevention—from valid sources.  You can also call any branch or member library of the Traverse Area District Library system for more information.  Be informed, be prepared.

 

But first…a little about the virus:

Novel Coronavirus 2019, Video by World Health Organization

 

Resources

World Health Organization (WHO)

COVID-19 FAQs from WHO, a United Nations agency dedicated to world public health. Information covered in FAQs includes how the virus is spread, symptoms, prevention methods, information regarding treatment, and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is providing information on how the agency is responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak. This includes FAQs, prevention and treatment, how testing is being conducted, updates on cases in the United States and throughout the world, and more. Additional resources from the CDC include information specific audiences such as schools, medical professionals, businesses, and those who are traveling.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources (MDHHS)

MDHHS is working closely with healthcare providers, local public health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to actively monitor any potential cases of COVID-19 in Michigan.

Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD)

Grand Traverse County Health Department, are committed to providing professional, preventive health services.  They are Regularly participating on calls with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and community partners like Munson Healthcare in regards to COVID-19 in Michigan.

National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As the largest biomedical library in the world, the National Library of Medicine can provide access to clinical studies, public health literature, and scholarly work about the virus.

MedlinePlus

As part of the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus is an online health resource that provides easily accessible consumer health information in English and Spanish.

U.S. Department of State China Travel Advisory

From the U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Consular Affairs, find out travel advisories.

 

Prevention Recommendations from CDC:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 

Q&A on COVID-19 from Mayo Clinic

 

Additional Resources

New England Journal of Medicine

Article discussing medical research being conducted on the novel coronavirus and a possible vaccine.

Health Industry Distributors Association

Information on work being done by distributors, manufacturers and other industry stakeholders and how it relates to novel coronavirus.

U.S. Department of Education 

Information on how novel coronavirus may affect schools in the United States, and how schools are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

This post was inspired by the New York Public Library Staff Blog—thank you!