The constant stream of news related to the COVID-19 outbreak may leave you feeling confused and uncertain about what is the most up-to-date and accurate information that matters most to you. Use this list as a resource for finding primary sources of information about this global pandemic.
Information About Prevention, Treatment and Vaccination for COVID-19
The COVID-19 outbreak provoked a declaration of national emergency on March 13th, 2020. The Coronavirus.gov website serves as the administration’s central portal for news and resources. From there, people can find the most up-to-date information on how leading experts are advising the public to stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the foremost federal authority on matters related to keeping the public informed on the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic and best practices for how to prepare for and prevent the disease’s spread. The CDC site dedicated to COVID-19 provides a wealth of information about the clinical details of the virus, how it spreads and when to seek medical attention if you’re worried you’ve contracted the disease.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also provides a resource hub for visitors interested in more news and information about how health experts and researchers are approaching clinical trials for COVID-19 treatments. Partnerships between the NIH and private entities are fast-tracking the development of several potential vaccine candidates, though researchers caution it can take a year or more for a viable vaccine to be found.
The Department of Health and Human Services oversees and partners with several other social service agencies to meet the health needs of the public equitably and effectively. Their COVID-19 resource page gives details about treatment and symptom management, as well as policy explainers on the disease and how the health services industry responds to it.
Medicare.gov and CMS.gov
Medicare recipients can look to the Medicare.gov coronavirus page for how the program handles claims related to COVID-19 testing and treatment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also released program-specific determinations and details about how recipients can expect their medical care related to COVID-19 to be managed and paid for.
Information About the National and Global Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak
It’s important to stay up-to-date on the aspects of a global pandemic beyond the most immediate and clinical details of the disease and its spread.
The sudden onset of high unemployment rates, significantly disrupted economic activity and stock market volatility has led to the passing of legislation aimed at easing the financial impact COVID-19 has had in the U.S. The IRS has a central hub for taxpayers to check for stimulus-related information.
The Department of Labor is a solid resource for those interested in how employees and employers should handle issues related to how different industries should be responding to the economic impact the outbreak has had on finances and workplace safety. Details related to unemployment insurance and family and medical leave can be found here, too.
The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), which is still commonly known as the Food Stamp Program, has also eased rules for recipients in many states, allowing for reduced reporting requirements and expanded benefits. Many Medicare recipients already qualify for the minimum monthly allotment, but may be able to receive the maximum amount during certain months of the pandemic.
A global perspective to the COVID-19 can be explored at the World Health Organization’s coronavirus website. Historic data, region-specific statistics and analyses and the international response to the COVID-19 can be found here.
Your own local news agencies and the official websites for your city, county and state governments can help you find the most up-to-date developments that are relevant to where you live. If you’re concerned about the safety or veracity of a treatment or prevention method you’ve heard or read about, consult your doctor or your local public health services office for more answers.