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The coronavirus epidemic is spreading widely and impacting lives in unimaginable ways. In such a situation, staying up-to-date on news and having accurate information becomes critically important. Below are some of the best sources for COVID-19 information.
The understanding of COVID-19 symptoms is evolving. That said, an elevated temperature (fever), dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath are common symptoms. People over the age of 65 and those with underlying health conditions (such as lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity) appear at highest risk to develop severe complications due to COVID-19. No longer are the qualifications of travel to China or known contact with someone really relevant as community spread of the virus has been significant. With expanded testing now available, get tested. If you have questions, contact your healthcare professional or take a thorough online or app-based screening. Be proactive and err on the side of inquiring. For more information, see the symptoms section on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - or CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
The CDC is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HSS). It is a pre-eminent source of information and expertise on infectious diseases. The CDC website is quite comprehensive. A great place to get started is here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The NIH's role is to expand medical and scientific knowledge to protect and improve public health. The agency is a critical source of expertise and funding for COVID-19 research. Information on funding opportunities, clinical trials, etc. can be found here. https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
The World Health Organization was established in 1948 with the charter to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. WHO's main areas of work are with health systems, noncommunicable and communicable diseases, preparedness, surveillance and response. WHO has been at the forefront on global monitoring of COVID-19. More information is available via the WHO website. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
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