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COVID-19 health information

COVID-19 health information

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First, some mild disambiguation:  "coronavirus" is a general term for viruses with spike proteins on their surfaces that give the virus an appearance like a crown ("corona" is the Spanish word for crown). The virus that appeared at the end of 2019 is a variant on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS.  The U.S. Center for Disease Control has "named [it] “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)."

It is critically important to note that both the CDC and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases urge calm in the face of a pandemic virus.  Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, puts the situation in a helpful perspective in an episode of On Assignment with Richard Engel (linked in the Public health video & audio tab to the left): "Right now, you shouldn't be panicking.  But to deny that there's a threat is being unrealistic."  Hence a need for a page offering fact-based information about the virus.  In the tabs to the left you will find information about it from different sources, as well as updates on what is being done around the world to prevent its spread and educate the public about it.

In particular, the Recognizing and avoiding misinformation tab is of note.  It can help you (efficiently) sift through the myriad of coronavirus-related info that you will encounter on a daily basis, and be able to separate known facts from misleading information.

Two specific warnings from the Journal of the American Medical Association

What Is It Like to Have COVID-19?

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