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Overview of the COVID-19 Crisis

What is this guide?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. 

[CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and You Factsheet]

Trusted news sources


There are a lot of rumors and misinformation spreading about COVID-19. To limit our own spread of misinformation, we’ll use this section to link you to verified news sources who are providing free access to information. 


Be cautious of misinformation you may hear or read! It’s always worth double-checking sources. 


Health organizations


Center for Disease Control (CDC) is the United States’ federal agency handling the crisis. Their information on COVID-19, which includes information on how it spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, stigma and resilience, what to do if you're sick, and FAQs, are all written for a public audience.


The World Health Organization (WHO) is the international organization that coordinates with all countries around the world. You can follow their updates as well. 


Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center - Johns Hopkins University and Medicine has put together a free resource center including an in-depth map tracking all cases.

Free national news sources


The New York Times is providing free coverage of the coronavirus on their site. 

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