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Protect yourself and others from coronavirus – #KnowCOVID

In a pandemic situation, misinformation can be deadly and disruptive.

Due to the rapidly changing situation with regard to COVID-19, we recommend that you seek information and the latest guidance from the following:

Vital Strategies and our Prevent Epidemics initiative have established the #KnowCOVID web page and hashtag to offer clear, credible and current information on novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through materials on this page and through our social media channels.

We also have guidance for older adults, those with underlying health conditions, health care providers and government.

  1. Everybody: Wash hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home when sick and seek medical attention if you have COVID-19 symptoms for more than two days.
  2. Older adults and those with health conditions: Secure a three-month supply of essential medications, avoid crowds and travel, stay home as much as possible.
  3. Health care providers: Implement infection prevention procedures, be ready for a surge of people with mild symptoms, and plan to postpone elective surgery and intensive care support.
  4. Society and government: Provide clear, credible and consistent information about COVID-19, analyze the costs and benefits of social distancing interventions and recognize that we learn more every day and need to adapt our response.

Updated March 24, 2020

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Information from trusted sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) information

PreventEpidemics.org: Country-level information on epidemic preparedness from PreventEpidemics.org

New York Department of Health: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Information

World Health Organization: Daily situational report from the World Health Organization

World Health Organization: Country and Technical Guidance COVID-19

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: Situation Reports, COVID-19

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering: COVID-19 Global Cases (interactive map)

Resolve to Save Lives: Tips for patients with hypertension, diabetes, or other chronic noncommunicable diseases from Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives: Tips for health care providers from Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives: What to know and what to do

World Health Organization: World Health Organization COVID myth busters

Several scientific journals have created coronavirus resource pages with the latest papers from their journals, including The LancetBMJ and JAMA.

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