Resources and References for Coronavirus/COVID-19
Having good, reliable information you can trust is important in any healthcare situation and having good information has never been more important than now.
COVID-19, also called the novel coronavirus, is requiring everyone in the country to become well-informed on the nature of the disease, how to protect themselves, and how to care for patients who are sick. The key here is good information; there’s a lot of nonsense out there about COVID-19. The care experts at 24 Hour Home Care want members of their community to have access to the best data and evidence about COVID-19 so that everyone can stay informed and stay healthy.
As always, 24 Hour Home Care is here to help. We’ve compiled some of the best resources available online to help you understand COVID-19, how to keep you and your loved ones safe, and how to care for yourself of someone you love who becomes ill. The resources provided on this page are reliable and can be trusted. Stay informed. Stay healthy.
Understanding the Virus
COVID-19 is a new virus first detected in humans in December 2019. The initial cases were seen in Wuhan, China, and, since data from China is sparse and unreliable, there’s still a lot we don’t know about this virus. That said, researchers are learning more everyday about how COVID-19 works. If you’re interested in learning about COVID-19, you can read up about it on these websites. You’ll find general information about how the virus operates, it’s symptoms, complications, and risk factors.
There are a number of good websites you can turn to for broad information about COVID-19.
This website tracks COVID-19 as it travels around the world:
This website is updated by the CDC on Mondays and gives details about the spread of COVID-19 throughout the US:
These websites provide excellent, wide-ranging information about COVID-19. You’ll find answers to most of your questions at these websites, including how to identify symptoms, what to do if you get sick, and even how to disinfect your home.
Educating Yourself About Isolation, Quarantine, and Social Distancing
Visit this website for details on the President’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread” initiative.
The Cleveland Clinic provides a useful overview of isolation versus quarantine.
This article from NPR.org answers all your questions about what you should and shouldn’t do while social distancing:
The US Government’s Response
If you’re interested in learning about the many ways the US Government is responding to COVID-19 and the pandemic, you’ll find answers at this website. It contains extensive links to other federal agencies involved in all aspects of the response.
Information for Veterans
US veterans can find information about the VA’s response and instructions about what vets should do if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or believe they are ill with the virus.
State Health Departments
Getting information about your specific location is important. This link will help you navigate to your state’s department of health website. There, you’ll get information about COVID-19 in your state and your city, including statistics about the number of active cases and any stay at home orders that are active for your location.
What Treatments are Available?
Treatments for COVID-19 are evolving daily as researchers and physicians learn more about the virus. This website is a bit technical, but gives good, up-to-date information about the current status of clinical management for the disease:
If you need a more general overview of treatment options for COVID-19, this is a good resource:
What to Do if You are Sick or Caring for Someone
You need to get this right to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you or someone in your home is exposed to COVID-19 or becomes ill, trust the information on these sites to help prevent spreading the disease to others.
What to do if you are sick:
How to care for yourself at home:
How to care for someone else in your home:
How to disinfect and clean your home:
How 24 Hour Home Care is Responding to COVID-19
Our community is important to us and providing exceptional care during the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to each and every one of our clients. We are following the strictest health and safety protocols to keep our community as healthy as possible. You’ll find details of our response here:
We’re All in this Together
As the pandemic spreads, your personal contact with COVID-19 will increase. Do your homework and learn what you to need to know about this virus so you can be prepared. Carefully follow the guidelines provided to isolate yourself and your family to avoid exposure. Call your physician if you are at risk and begin to show symptoms. If you or a loved one become ill with COVID-19, the caregivers at 24 Hour Home Care are here to help.