COVID-19 Resources

Here are some links, charts, videos, and resources I've compiled over the past few days with important warnings and information.

I'm not a doctor or a medical professional, but a concerned US citizen looking to inform the public of the dangers that lie ahead if the US and other countries do not start immediately staying home as much as possible and practicing social distancing when outside. The single best thing we can do is minimize the amount of the virus that is spreading at any one given time.

You'll hear a lot that younger and healthier people should not be concerned. They should not be so concerned about the effects it will have on their own bodies; however, if they become infected, they become vectors that will infect others, including the older and unhealthy population. Most countries, including the US, simply do not have enough medical professionals, hospital beds, respirators, and protective equipment to serve all that will be affected with the most severe symptoms. There will be overcrowding and tough decisions to be made about who gets care and who does not.

Last Updated: 2020-Apr-03 20:00 ET

Latest Updates

Evolving Story: Doctor groups are recommending testing and isolation for people who lose their ability to smell and taste, even if they have no other symptoms.

Lost Sense of Smell May Be Peculiar Clue to Coronavirus Infection

NY Gov. Cuomo urges residents to stop congregating so closely in NYC parks

Partial transcript from the press conference:

“I was in New York City yesterday. It was a pretty day. There is a density level in New York City that is wholly inappropriate. You would think there was nothing going on in parts of New York City. You would think it was just a bright, sunny Saturday. I don’t know what I’m saying that people don’t get. I’m normally accused of being overly blunt and direct. And I take that – it’s true. I don’t know what they’re not understanding. This is not life as usual. None of this is life as usual. And this kind of density – we talk about social distancing. I was in these parks. You would not know that anything is going on. This is just a mistake. It’s a mistake. It’s insensitive. It’s arrogant. It’s self-destructive. It’s disrespectful to other people. And it has to stop. It has to stop now. This is not a joke. And I am not kidding.

We spoke to the Major of the City of New York and the Speaker of the City Council, Corey Johnson. I told both of them that this is a problem in New York City. It’s especially a problem in New York City parks. New York City must develop an immediate plan to correct this situation. I want a plan that we can review in 24 hours, so that we can approve it. There are many options. You have much less traffic in New York City because non-essential workers aren’t going to work. Get creative. Open streets to reduce the density. You wanna go for a walk? God bless you. You wanna go for a run? God bless you. But, let’s open streets. Let’s open space. That’s where people should be – in open space areas. Not in dense locations. There is no group activity in parks. That is not the point. We talked about it the other day.

Also, to kids playing basketball yesterday. I play basketball. There is no concept of social distancing while playing basketball. It doesn’t exist. You can’t stay 6 feet away from a person playing basketball. You can – but then you’re a lousy basketball player and you’re going to lose. You just cannot do that.

We also have bigger parks in New York City. We opened Shirley Chisholm park in Brooklyn. 400 acres. Van Cortland park. There are big parks, there are big spaces. That’s where you want to be. But we need a plan from New York City. I want it in 24 hours, because this is a significant problem that needs to be corrected.”

Watch/listen to the full press conference on YouTube

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing
Though he stopped short of imposing a national quarantine or curfew, Trump said the country may be dealing with a number of restrictions through July or August as a result of the virus. He acknowledged the economy may be heading into a recession.

Guidelines call for no groups bigger than 10; Trump says restrictions could last into August

A statewide suspension on evictions will take effect March 16 at 5 p.m.

New York halts evictions indefinitely due to coronavirus pandemic.

The San Francisco Bay Area will be directed to "shelter in place" at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday until April 7 in an attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The order will require residents to remain indoors except for essential travel, like going to get groceries.

San Francisco Bay Area ordered to 'shelter in place' until April 7 as the city attempts to contain the coronavirus outbreak

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have agreed to close bars, restaurants and other businesses and impose curfews that begin at 8 p.m. daily, a sweeping and so-far unprecedented regional effort to enforce social distancing as new coronavirus cases jump across the nation.

New York, New Jersey, Connecticut closing bars, restaurants indefinitely starting Monday night

Half of the 300 coronavirus patients in intensive care in France are under 60, the country's top health official, Jerome Salomon, said over the weekend.

In France, more than half of coronavirus patients in intensive care are under 60, suggesting it's not just the elderly at risk

Coronavirus: New York City to close nightclubs, movie theaters; limit bars, restaurants

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people across the U.S. to cancel or postpone events with 50 or more attendees for the next eight weeks to try to contain the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic, the agency said in revised guidance issued Sunday.

CDC recommends canceling events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks throughout US

New York City’s schools will close Monday and remain shut till at least April 20 — and possibly the rest of the school year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.

Coronavirus in NY: NYC schools will close

Germany will close its borders with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the country’s interior minister said on Sunday, following several other European Union member states in restricting the freedom of movement across the continent.

Italy’s deaths jump, Germany closes borders and restrictions multiply around the world.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cautioned, “Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing.”

A top U.S. health official says Americans should be prepared to ‘hunker down.’

New York state governor, Andrew Cuomo, weighs in on Twitter.
Italy is raising the alarms and trying to warn us of what is to come. The US is less than two weeks way ...

A coronavirus cautionary tale from Italy: Don’t do what we did

Iran's infrastructure cannot keep up with the number of people dying, so they are burying coronavirus victims in mass graves.

Satellite images show Iran's mass graves for coronavirus victims

Preparation steps we all need to be employing NOW.

It’s not overreacting to prepare for coronavirus. Here’s how.

Financial Resources

I am by no means a qualified expert on these subjects. I am just sharing what I am learning and reading. Please consult an accountant and/or lawyer for additional information before applying for any program.

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) provides vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Small Business Administration EIDL information page

U.S. Chamber of Commerce EIDL information PDF

Charts and Statistics

A very in-depth article with charts and models explaining why it is important to employ social distancing and remaining at home as early and for as long as possible.

Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now

Medical Research

The most characteristic symptom of patients with COVID‐19 is respiratory distress, and most of the patients admitted to the intensive care could not breathe spontaneously.

The neuroinvasive potential of SARS‐CoV2 may be at least partially responsible for the respiratory failure of COVID‐19 patients

Maurizio Cecconi, MD, of Humanitas University in Milan discusses the region’s approach to the surge, including clinical and supply management, health care worker training and protection, and ventilation strategies.

At 29 minutes in, "If the moment comes where your government in the US or any other country mandates self-isolation or any other maneuver, I think it's really the personal responsibility of every citizen to do that because if we don't take down the transmission of the virus then the capacity of your system will be overwhelmed."

Joe Rogan interview with Michael Osterholm, an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. Very informative! It's an hour and a half long, but a very important listen.
Medical write up on the first known US case of COVID-19

On January 19, 2020, a 35-year-old man presented to an urgent care clinic in Snohomish County, Washington, with a 4-day history of cough and subjective fever. On checking into the clinic, the patient put on a mask in the waiting room. After waiting approximately 20 minutes, he was taken into an examination room and underwent evaluation by a provider. He disclosed that he had returned to Washington State on January 15 after traveling to visit family in Wuhan, China. The patient stated that he had seen a health alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the novel coronavirus outbreak in China and, because of his symptoms and recent travel, decided to see a health care provider.

First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States


South Korea managed to avoid a major outbreak with only 30 people contracting the virus, despite many interactions between those later confirmed as being sick and hundreds more people being identified as contacts of the sick patients. This changed with the emergence of “Patient 31.”

How coronavirus cases exploded in South Korean churches and hospitals

The word “airborne” means different things to different scientists, and that confusion needs to be addressed.

They Say Coronavirus Isn't Airborne—but It's Definitely Borne By Air

Staying home will stem the coronavirus outbreak, but what if you’re healthy — and bored? Is it ethical to go to the gym, get your hair done, or order delivery?

What are the rules of social distancing?

Person-to-person contact is thought to be the main method of transmission for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How Does the 2019 Coronavirus Spread?

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.

CDC: How COVID-19 Spreads

Cleaning and Disinfection Tips

A study out this week finds that the virus can survive on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours.

The New Coronavirus Can Live On Surfaces For 2-3 Days — Here's How To Clean Them

CDC: Interim Recommendations for US Households with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019

CDC: Clean & Disinfect

The good news from investigations of the coronavirus spread, says Juan Leon, an environmental health scientist at Emory University, is that past studies show common household disinfectants, including soap or a diluted bleach solution, can deactivate coronaviruses on indoor surfaces.

Does disinfecting surfaces really prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Maintaining Physical and Mental Well-Being

Social isolation and mental well-being during the coronavirus outbreak

Isolated, But In This Together

I’d like to welcome you to the world of the land of the self-employed, and offer a few tips I’ve picked up over the last two years on how to stay sane and productive while the plague rages outside.

Advice for the Professional Loner

Connect with users around the world to discuss COVID-19 and non-related topics. Play text-based games like trivia, UNO, blackjack and poker (no real money, of course), duck hunt, etc.

DALnet IRC Network

Coronavirus Origins

Government records suggest first person infected with new disease may have been a Hubei resident aged 55, but ‘patient zero’ has yet to be confirmed

Coronavirus: China’s first confirmed Covid-19 case traced back to November 17

An analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or otherwise engineered.

COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin

If you're not worried about a looming global pandemic, you probably should be. Are we prepared for an outbreak? Bill Gates and other experts weigh in.

"Explained: The Next Pandemic" on Netflix

Information on the source of SARS and COVID-19, and how many scientists predicted this years ago.

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