During public health emergencies, business leaders need to stay informed. As COVID-19 rapidly spreads and our local communities, government and business leaders rally to respond, finding trustworthy sources with the most up-to-date and reliable information is more important than ever.
Here are some of the best sources covering Coronavirus (COVID-19).
For reliable information about the COVID-19 pandemic, a good place to start is America’s leading national public health institution: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They provide hundreds of resources and best practices for stopping the spread of Coronavirus, including a helpful list of FAQs.
Pay close attention to their latest announcements, like their guidance on cancelling or postponing any mass gatherings, while their section of ‘Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers’ will be valuable to any companies planning their Coronavirus strategy.
Viruses don’t respect borders, which means that any successful fight against Coronavirus will take a global effort. Coordinating this response is the job of the World Health Organization (WHO), a specialist agency of the United Nations. On March 11, 2020, they official declared the COVID-19 crisis a pandemic.
The World Health Organization’s daily press briefings offer a reliable way to keep up with the spread of the disease, and the actions and strategies being taken to stop it across the world.
The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) website provides scientific deep-dives into how COVID-19 and similar diseases work. These resources are regularly updated in line with the latest research.
Within the NIH, another good resource to follow is their sub-organization—the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases—headed by prominent immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci.
While the fight is global, often the most relevant information for employees and employers is local. CNN has prepared a thorough list of every state health department Coronavirus website. You should also track information from your local governor, for any possible new regulations or curfews in your state.
Many regions or cities are also offering both localized health information and advice for businesses and employees affected by Coronavirus.
Small businesses are being hit especially hard by the COVID-19 crisis. The good news is, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is taking action to help small business owners stay on their feet. They’re offering regular updates and guidance for small businesses and—most importantly—Economic Industry Disaster Loans (EIDL) to those who have no alternative credit options.
Learn more about how small businesses can apply for a COVID-19 SBA loan.
John Hopkins University, based out of Baltimore, Maryland, has a reputation as one of the world’s top medical schools. They have created a Coronavirus hub on their website, offering advice, daily situation reports and real time updates.
Their interactive map is the go-to-spot for numbers and graphics tracking the spread of the disease. An important watch out, though: the red circles showing the size of the outbreak are by default located in the center of the state or country shown (it doesn’t always mean that’s where all the cases are concentrated).
The fight against Coronavirus has resulted in travel bans and border restrictions all across the globe. However, sometimes there may be reasons somebody cannot avoid travelling. In those cases, check the International Air Travel Association (IATA) website for the latest recommendations.
They provide an up-to-date list of where there are travel restrictions and to whom they apply.
The Nation’s most prominent newspaper is actively reporting on the spread of Coronavirus and how it’s affecting people both at home and abroad. As well as focusing on the science of the disease, some of their best recent stories have covered the effect on small businesses.
The Washington Post—normally behind a paywall—is providing free public health stories during the crisis. Some of their most useful content uses easy-to-understand graphics to explain the science of the crisis to a wider audience.
As an example, if you ever need to explain to anyone the importance of social distancing, show them this great interactive explanation. The graphics do a fantastic job of explaining how viruses grow and what the public can do to “flatten the curve”.
While currently being tested only in a limited area of California (Santa Clara and San Mateo counties), Project Baseline may grow to be the most essential site of all. It’s the work of Verily, a subsidiary company of Alphabet (formerly Google), and was much-touted by President Trump in several recent speeches.
If it grows as planned, this will be where Americans—who worry they may have Coronavirus—can go to verify their symptoms and, if necessary, receive directions to the nearest COVID-19 testing facility.
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