A COVID Guide: Where to Find the Latest COVID News
COVID-19 turned 2020 into a year of chaos and uncertainty. While a lot of people have adjusted to social distancing, facemasks, and working from home, there is still a lot of unknowns about the virus. Every day there is new information on how the virus affects the body as well as developments with vaccines and health guidelines. Trying to keep up with all of the information can feel overwhelming. It seems like every news site has something different to say about COVID and how you should be handling the situation.
To make your quest for reliable COVID information a little easier, below is a list of helpful resources you can use to stay up to date on the latest COVID news.
The CoronaTracker is a live count of current COVID cases throughout the world. It also monitors the number of COVID-related deaths as well as the number of people who have recovered from the virus. There is also a breakdown of cases by country if you’re curious how many people have been infected where you live.
To counter the disheartening information found on the CoronaTracker site, you can now follow the world’s vaccination journey. The New York Times has published a handy vaccine tracker so you can see how many doses have been administered and which countries have distributed the most vaccines. As of March 2021, more than 400 million vaccine doses have been given out worldwide with more than 110 million of those doses being distributed in the United States.
The World Health Organization is an excellent source of information. Their COVID information page even has some infographics available so you can review best practices for keeping yourself and others safe. Sometimes reading paragraphs of guidelines can be a bit tedious so the colorful infographics are a great way to break up the deluge of information.
The WHO also has a page of information on common COVID myths. Visit their mythbusters page to stay aware of coronavirus misconceptions. Make sure you’re not spreading misinformation about the virus and keep your family and friends accountable.
Like the WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is another resource for learning everything you need to know about the coronavirus. The CDC is an organization committed to providing the nation with accurate, reliable health information. The organization also works to protect the country from disease and viruses. During COVID the organization has been working to provide people with helpful information and resources for surviving the pandemic. In addition to valuable COVID updates, the CDC also has a Fact of the Week page. If you enjoy learning more about health and wellness, then follow the CDC Fact of the Week for more information.
It seems like information regarding masks is changing all of the time. Check-in once a week or every two weeks to see if any new information is available about mask requirements. It also doesn’t hurt to brush up on proper mask guidelines such as how you should be wearing your masks and which types are most effective against the virus.
Many people focus on the physical aspects of the coronavirus and fail to take into account the mental impact of the current pandemic. Isolation, increased stress, and economic uncertainty have all taken a serious toll on mental health. Learning how to cope with stress and being aware of your mental health is important during these times. The CDC provides a valuable list of healthy ways to cope with your stress during the pandemic. A few suggestions include:
- Connecting online with your community or loved ones
- Practice self-care through healthy eating and regular exercise
- Unwind with enjoyable activities
- Take news breaks
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is another great resource for protecting your mental health. Not only does NAMI give you practical tips for keeping your mind clear and your spirits high, but it also offers helpline numbers you can contact if you’re in need of professional help.
While you know how important it is to stay informed, you also have to recognize how constant news reports can dampen your mood and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Limit your news intake to 30 minutes to an hour every day. This is plenty of time to catch up on the latest COVID updates and review any new findings. The coronavirus has made people hyper-aware of their physical health, but don’t neglect your mental and emotional health, either.