The recent news about COVID-19, known as coronavirus, may have you feeling nervous. The good news is that you can take a break from the news and still stay informed. There are trusted and timely resources available to answer your questions. Here are some great places to get started:
What exactly is coronavirus?
MedlinePlus is an excellent website to review first. It includes detailed information in simple language and has links to more trusted resources.
How is coronavirus transmitted?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is updating their website as more information about transmission becomes available.
Where is coronavirus? Are there cases in the United States?
How can I keep myself and my family safe? Is it safe to travel?
There are many rumors about coronavirus transmission and treatment. Get the facts from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Myth Busters.
All leading health organizations suggest hand washing as one way to help stay healthy. The CDC created this “handy” chart about the most effective way to wash your hands.
Where can I find accurate updates about Coronavirus activity?
You can also read situation reports from the WHO. These include detailed updates about confirmed cases and steps taken by emergency management teams around the world.
I’m ready to look at the news. Where should I go?
Digital Maine Library is free to use and does not require a library card if you are in Maine. Global Newsstream provides articles and videos from news sources around the world. Type “coronavirus” in the search box to find information.
I want to read a book about disease outbreaks. (Knowledge is power, after all!) Where should I start?
We have many books about epidemic outbreaks and management. A few suggested titles to start with are:Crisis in the Red Zone, by Richard Preston (2019): Documents the 2013 Ebola epidemic through interviews with physicians and researchers from around the world.
The Pandemic Century, by Mark Honigsbaum (2019): Chronicles 20th century epidemics – including influenza, HIV, SARS, and Zika virus – and the effect pandemics have on world policy and international relations.
Influenza, by Jeremy Brown (2018): The Director of the Office of Emergency Care Research at the NIH reflects on the attempts to manage one of the most elusive viruses.
The End of Epidemics, by Jonathan Quick (2018): A physician outlines a plan to prevent future epidemics through informed spending and disease prevention.
Between Hope and Fear, by Michael S. Kinch (2018): A medical researcher discusses immunity, detailing how large outbreaks throughout history were quelled using vaccinations.
The Fears of the Rich, the Needs of the Poor, by William H. Foege (2018): A former CDC director recounts successes and challenges in public health and the Center’s history.
If you have further questions about health research, please contact Rebecca Starr, Portland Public Library’s Health and Literacy Librarian. While librarians cannot provide medical advice, we can help you find information to stay informed and prepare for a doctor’s visit. I’m happy to help connect you to the most trusted resources and help put your mind at ease!posted: , by Rebecca Starr