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Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information

Coronavirus (2019-20)

Coronavirus testing

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First, some mild disambiguation:  "coronavirus" is a general term for viruses similar to the flu that can be transmitted from person to person. 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 the CDC urges 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.

A specific warning from the Journal of the American Medical Association

What Is It Like to Have COVID-19?

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