PLEASE NOTE THIS WEB PAGE SHOULD NOT BE USED TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 OR WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE COVID-19. ALWAYS GO TO A DOCTOR WITH YOUR QUESTIONS.
There has been a lot of information shared about COVID-19. I’ve been bookmarking them, but the list is getting long so I decided to organize the bookmarks into short posts along with my notes and thoughts about each area of COVID-19 information. These are the sites that I have been going to learn about COVID-19, see how it is spreading, learn the history of pandemics, and my musings about COVID19 and our response to it.
What I have found is that there are some sites that are based on solid science and history and include real references. Other sites use “alternative facts” to make up stuff and they are not included in this list.
Articles are grouped as follows:
- Recent Decrease in Death Rates
- COVID-19 Characteristics
- COVID-19 Statistical Sites
- COVID-19 Antibody Testing
- 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic History
- My musings about the COVID19 pandemic
Please note that this list is a summary of information about COVID-19 and should not be used to determine if you have COVID-19. If you think you might have COVID-19 please consult a Doctor.
- The incubation period for COVID-19 can range from 2 to 14 days. The incubation period can vary greatly among patients. There is a possible outlier of a 24 days incubation period that was observed in a Feb 9, 2020 study. My discussion page has many references to articles.
- From my reading, it seems that people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
- COVID-19 spreads from people to people and from surfaces to people. My summary of articles on this subject with lots of links.
- Protecting Yourself from COVID-19. My summary of articles on this subject with lots of links.
- Aerosol spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 Statistical Sites
There are a few sites that are methodical in their collection of data for generating statistics. I’ve created a brief introduction to each site on these linked pages. Since testing in the US has been a major screw-up, these numbers are most likely understated.
- The LA Times has a California-focused site showing the spread by California county over time. https://www.latimes.com/projects/california-coronavirus-cases-tracking-outbreak/
- Worldometer.info reports COVID-19 for the entire world and you can drill down by country and within the USA by state. Data is given as a total as per one million people. worldometer.info
- John Hopkins Coronavirus Resources Center has maps showing the location of cumulative confirmed cases of COIVID-19. Within the USA map, you can zoom in to see your local area. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
- The World Health Organization Coronavirus features a map of confirmed cases by country. It is usually a day behind. https://covid19.who.int
- USA FACTS Coronavirus page has an interesting map where you can drill down and view any county’s COVID-19 data. https://usafacts.org/visualizations/coronavirus-covid-19-spread-map/
- The site Rt.live is an up-to-date tracker of how fast COVID-19 is spreading in each state. https://rt.live
- Another site that I don’t reference often but others do is the Politico.com site which is focused on cases per state but not in a format that I find useful.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
- COVID-19 antibody testing appears to show that the number of infected people is much higher than currently reported. Two recent large-scale antibody testing in Santa Clara and Los Angeles County in California report there has been a huge undercount. However, Some claim there are flaws in the testing. Three different articles are referenced on the summary page.
1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic History
By learning from history we can avoid the same mistakes… And create our own whole new set of mistakes.
- The Spanish Flu (the 1918 flu pandemic) Wikipedia site. It’s important to notice that the Spanish flu came in three waves. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flu
- How St Louis and Philadelphia handled the Spanish Flu second wave differently. St Louis implemented social distancing earlier than Philadelphia and experienced a lower death rate. https://www.history.com/news/spanish-flu-pandemic-response-cities
- Los Angeles compared to San Francisco (1918 Spanish Flu response). Los Angeles had stronger social distancing. Los Angeles experienced a lower excess death rate (The number of deaths above yearly expectations) of 494 per 100,000 residents compared to San Francisco which experienced 673 excess deaths per 100,000. This article explains the differences in approach. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-04-19/coronavirus-lessons-from-great-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic
My COVID-19 musings on Facebook about the COVID-19 Pandemic
My musings about COVID-19 that I posted on Facebook. These are just my observations on how the world around me is changing as we live through the COVID-19 Pandemic.