[updated] Coronavirus 101 guide – your source for legit information

March 21, 2020 News 2 Comments

Coronavirus pandemic has put all of us through a tough time. It’s time we become responsible, sensitive and focus on the larger good of people. Rather than spreading rumors, let’s rely on authentic information in times of panic. Let’s spread correct knowledge and abide by public advisory released by authorities.

We have compiled this 101 guide to help you trace the right information source and stay updated with the COVID19 situation. 

Follow these links for the information you need – all these are authentic sources of information. Let’s spread knowledge, not rumors. Let’s stay united and stop spreading misinformation. #WeAreAllTogetherInthis

[Knowledge] all you need to know about Coronavirus

Looking for answers to your queries about Coronavirus? What, why and how questions are answered here: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

What are protective measures against coronavirus? https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

[Staying safe] Guidelines, best practices and treatment

Using a mask to stay safe? Here’s a guide on how to put on, use, take off and dispose off a mask. Believe me, this resource will help you using a mask in right way: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

All of us have heard so much about Coronavirus disease from so many sources. How it spreads, what do drink, what are dangers and so much… Here’s a definitive list of myth busters regarding the coronavirus spread: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

While most of the organizations have followed the ‘work from home’ policy, some of us still need to be at the workplace because of the nature of work. WHO has declared guidelines / best practices for ‘safe workspace’ during a pandemic. Here’s a short yet effective guide: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/getting-workplace-ready-for-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=359a81e7_6

All of us have come across thousands of messages proposing solutions to COVID19. Let’s not spread lies. Here’s a definitive list of medical research being done on this topic. Hopefully, we will have a remedy to this deadly virus soon. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/global-research-on-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

[Global Data / Dashboards] Situation reports 

WHO compiles a daily report about Global situation. It’s an authentic resource know the latest situation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

Channel news Asia’s global map visualizes the Coronavirus situation on a global map with interactive data. While data is not updated at regular intervals, we found the interface to be really interesting:  https://infographics.channelnewsasia.com/covid-19/map.html

This John Hopkins dashboard is quite accurate in terms of data and visuals are easy to consume as well. Take a look: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

The best dashboard so far is by worldometer. Not just it gives accurate information, it’s updated regularly and shows more than just data. A table showing countrywise situation and metrics like ‘new cases’, ‘active cases’, ‘total cases per 1m population’ gives much better idea about gravity of situation: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

nCOVlive is a great resource too. I don’t know the source of information they provide, but they have compiled information in a good way. Specially, wiki section on website tells information you need to know: https://ncov2019.live/

[India specific] Government resources & official information sources

The Ministry of Health & Family welfare is in war mode and updating its website with latest information and updates. You should not miss out their website for any authentic information you require: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/

This dashboard shows curated data specific to COVID19 situation in India. Data is compiled from multiple official sources,  visualization is good and informative too. https://www.covid19india.org/

India Helpline: Ministry of Health & Family welfare has announced following helpline numbers: +91-11-23978046 Toll Free No: 1075

Indian government is doing a fantastic job of providing information & keeping Indians safe. Each state government has announced emergency helpline and you can find it here: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf

Have doubts? Your questions are most likely going to be answered here. Health ministry has compiled a list of FAQs about Coronavirus. Check this out: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/FAQ.pdf

[Guideline] Home quarantine is widely observed. It’s the order of the day and our government has declared a specific guideline for people under quarantine at home: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesforhomequarantine.pdf

[Guideline] Social distancing advisory released by ministry of health & family welfare: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/SocialDistancingAdvisorybyMOHFW.pdf

[Guideline] For use of masks, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has declared following guideline for use of masks: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Useofmaskbypublic.pdf

[Advisory] Social distancing is most effective way to stay safe. Government has declared an advisory to help you follow social distancing. Do check: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/SocialDistancingAdvisorybyMOHFW.pdf

[Advisory] Mass gatherings can be dangerous in this situation. While several state governments have banned mass gatherings, here’s a guideline from Central government: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/advisoryformassgathering.pdf

[Interesting reads] Our curated list of best resources about Coronavirus

[Media consumption trends] This article from comscore gives a detailed view into how media consumption patterns have changed: Media Consumption during the Coronavirus Pandemic

[The Korean Clusters] This is a really interesting read on how COVID19 cases exploded in South Korean churches and hospitals. Until 30 cases, they could control the spreading of disease but 31st case started the spreading and it’s captured very effectively here. https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-HEALTH-SOUTHKOREA-CLUSTERS/0100B5G33SB/index.html

[World Economic Forum] World Economic Forum has applauded work of Indian government in handling the situation. Here’s a detailed report on Coronavirus outbreak: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/quarantine-india-covid-19-coronavirus/

[Impact on Economy / Wikipedia] A lot has been talked about on impact of coronavirus on global economy. This wikipedia article captures the impact in very neutral and balanced way: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socio-economic_impact_of_the_2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_pandemic

[Impact on Economy / CNBC] 6 charts show the coronavirus impact on the global economy and markets so far – https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/12/coronavirus-impact-on-global-economy-financial-markets-in-6-charts.html

[Impact on world] This article explores impact of Coronavirus on world through multiple lenses. More than 34 thinkers sharing their views about the impact on government, health, tech, science, life and much more:  https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/03/19/coronavirus-effect-economy-life-society-analysis-covid-135579

Work from home – boon or bane? This article explores its impact on productivity: https://brandequity.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/advertising/coronavirus-impact-working-from-home-sadly-produces-tepid-creatives/74743052

[Impact on tourism sector] Here’s an insight into much talked about impact of Coronavirus on Travel & tourism industry: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/travel/impact-of-coronavirus-on-indian-tourism-could-run-into-thousands-of-crores-of-rupees/articleshow/74592482.cms

[Impact on your marketing strategy] Yes, it’s a tough time for marketers. Here’s how Coronavirus pandemic will impact your marketing strategy: https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultalbot/2020/03/19/how-the-coronavirus-pandemic-impacts-marketing-strategy/#52b2495f4dc2

[News sources] Best & authentic sources of news around the internet

[Social media] This page on Twitter is most authentic source of information about #Coronavirus. https://twitter.com/i/events/1240662046280048646

[Google] This information hub on Google lists comprehensive data about Coronavirus in India: https://www.google.co.in/covid19

[India Today] News & statewise situation: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/coronavirus-cases-in-india-covid19-states-cities-affected-1653852-2020-03-09

[Times of India] News, information & updates: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/coronavirus

[ABP] News, updates and trends: https://news.abplive.com/topic/coronavirus

[BBC] Coronavirus symptoms: What are they and how do I protect myself? This resource on BBC website is an easy guide! BONUS: they have put together a very interesting visualization of how Coronavirus cases have grown outside China. Take a look: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51048366

[Al Jazeera] Coronavirus: All you need to know + Latest updates, news, statistics, social media updates and everything to keep you informed – from Al Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/coronavirus-symptoms-vaccines-risks-200122194509687.html

[WHO] Care to read authentic news from across the globe? Here’s news from WHO to keep you updated about the situation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/media-resources/news

[WHO] Press briefings about Coronavirus from WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/media-resources/press-briefings

We will continue to keep this page updated with latest information! A humble effort towards keeping internet & social media safe for everyone! 

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