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Coronavirus: The resources we use at Examine

There’s a lot of misinformation out there, so we’ve compiled some resources to help you separate the signal from the noise. We also list some relevant charities, as well as sources of stress relief. (We’ll add more over time.)

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Summary of Coronavirus: The resources we use at Examine

  • For general information on COVID-19, see here.

  • For research information on COVID-19, see here.

  • For evidence on mask efficacy for COVID-19, see here.

  • For a review of dangerous COVID-19 myths, see here.

  • For a short list of reliable COVID-19 resources, please keep reading.

Disclaimer: Do not read about the coronavirus 24/7! That’s not a good strategy for physical or mental health. As researchers and scientists, we’ve found the sites listed below useful, but we’re not endorsing them. Always check multiple credible sources.

📅 Daily reports

🔍 Factcheckers and mythbusters

📝 Checklists and health advice

  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has two portals: the first tells you how to prepare and protect yourself and others; the second tells you what to do if you are sick or caring for somone who is.

  • Apple, in cooperation with the CDC, has made available a free screening tool to “help you understand what to do next about COVID-19”. (Signup not required.)

  • The International Society for Immunonutrition has put out a statement on nutrition, immunity, and COVID-19.

  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a comprehensive list of effective disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), so you can double-check the efficacy of your wipe/spray/etc.

📊 Dashboards (maps, numbers, graphs)

🎞️ Visual explainers

🥼 For healthcare professionals

⛱️ Stress relief

  • MeditationHeadspace is offering free subscriptions to its program to US healthcare professionals, and Ten Percent Happier is doing the same for healthcare workers around the globe. You don’t need to pay to meditate, though, even if you’re not a healthcare worker, thanks to apps like Insight Timer and videos like this one, in which esteemed meditation researcher Dr. Herbert Benson shows you how to elicit the relaxation response.

  • Cat and dog videosJun cooks delicious-looking food with and sometimes for his cute kitties. The Gone to the Snow Dogs channel is for fans of huskies. And the too cute filter leads to a variety of cuddly puppies, and some kitties too.

  • With every episode of The Joy of Painting, watch and paint along Bob Ross.

  • Special Books by Special Kids lets you watch interviews with people in the disability/neurodiversity community. This channel isn’t for stress relief per se, but it can help us open our minds and gain perspective on the situations of a variety of different people.

🤝 Charities

  • COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is a partnership between the World Health Organization, the United Nations Foundation, and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.

  • Partners in Health is a well-known nonprofit healthcare organization that provides healthcare to the poorest regions of the world.

  • The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit that funds high-impact public health programs and works with CDC experts.

  • Gates Philanthropy Partners funds a wide variety of Gates Foundation programs to address global public-health issues, such as COVID-19.

➕ Miscellaneous

  • The Red Cross is asking for blood donations if you’re healthy because blood for transfusions may run short in some areas.

  • Nextdoor, which bills itself as the private social network for your neighborhood, can be a resource for hyperlocal news and help for the elderly — but also a source of anxiety. You may find it helpful in some situations, but be aware of the risk!

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