Coronavirus COVID-19 Information and Resources



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Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak Situation Maps:

  • Redesigned: Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center: Includes links to the World Map, new COVID-19 United States Cases by County Map & Explore Critical Trends, all in one easy to use location.
  • COVID Risk Levels Dashboard: How severe is the pandemic where you live? To help cut through the noise and sometimes conflicting advice, a network of research, policy and public health experts convened by Harvard’s Global Health Institute and Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics today launches a Key Metrics For COVID Suppression framework that provides clear, accessible guidance to policy makers and the public on how to target and suppress COVID-19 more effectively across the nation.
  • COVID-19 Case Mapper (Big Local News): Find COVID-19 case data for any state and county. Search by ZIP Code or County name – Export & Embed code. Created to make it possible for local journalists to easily embed up-to-date visualizations related to the coronavirus pandemic on their sites for readers, and free up time for other important local journalism.
  • Ohio's COVID-19 County Dashboard: Displays the most recent preliminary data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) about cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Ohio by selected demographics and county of residence. Data is reported to ODH via the Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS).
  • NY Times: Tracking Every Coronavirus Case in the U.S.: Full Map.
Center for Disease Control (CDC):

Johns Hopkins Hospital:

Moral & Ethical Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccines:

  • FAQ's on COVID-19 Vaccine Development: The Archdiocese of Washington addresses common concerns about the ethics and safety of available Coronavirus vaccines.
  • Possible Clot Risk of Vaccine Points to Issues with the Pill: Aleteia | John Burger. Women were surprised to learn of blood clot dangers of hormonal contraception associated with use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19.
  • Trust the Vatican’s Ethicists on Vaccines: "There is no ethical concern for a Catholic" who wants to be vaccinated, Nathalie Becquart, undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops…. The Frenchwoman invites those who are reluctant to get the Coronavirus vaccine to "open their eyes" and to trust the specialists, theologians or experts, who have contributed to the Pope’s reflection.
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics: Sorting Out the Statements (NCR). The FDA’s emergency approval of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine prompts disputes between Church authorities, scholars and activists, stirring controversy and confusion.
  • The Catholic Answer to Vaccines by Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, a pediatrician and e co-founder of MyCatholicDoctor: What is the Catholic teaching on vaccination? Are some vaccines related to abortion? What about the coronavirus/COVID vaccine? This article summarizes official Roman Catholic teaching on vaccination with references to the original documents.
  • Catholic Scholars: COVID Vaccines Can be Received ‘Without Fear of Moral Culpability’ for Abortion (NCR). A statement by pro-life, Catholic scholars published Friday says that the four major COVID-19 vaccines are not only acceptable to use, but also are themselves morally equivalent.
  • Assessing the Morality of COVID-19 Vaccines Developed with Abortion-Derived Tissue: A Register Guide (NCR). Which vaccines appear to be most acceptable, in light of the U.S. bishops’ new guidance regarding vaccines that utilized abortion-derived tissues in their development and testing?
  • New Orleans Archdiocese: Catholics Should Seek Ethical Alternatives to Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: NEW ORLEANS, La. — …The pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute had determined that the vaccine used abortion-derived cell lines in design and development, production, and lab testing. The New Orleans archdiocese on Feb. 26 stated that the vaccine was “morally compromised” because of its connection with abortion. However, the two other available COVID-19 vaccines are “morally acceptable,” the archdiocese said, while also not prohibiting Catholics from receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine if no other ethical alternative is available.
  • "Ways to Protest Morally-tainted Vaccines-and Why" by Dr. Jeff Mirus, Jan 19, 2021
  • "How to Object to an Abortion-Tainted COVID-19 Vaccine" by Stacy Trasancos, December 21, 2020. The Pontifical Academy for Life has said that Catholics may use, in a narrowly defined limit, vaccines prepared with cell lines derived from aborted children, but with strong warnings regarding our obligation to protest. Here's how to demand ethical options in biomedical research.
  • The Morality of the COVID-19 Vaccines (NCR) by Janet E. Smith, Ph.D. (12/24/2020): "If morally unproblematic alternatives were available, one should refuse anything produced or tested using cell lines made from aborted fetuses for the sake of honoring the inherent dignity of the aborted victim. The question remains, is it always and everywhere wrong for a person, to avail themselves of this benefit if no alternatives are available?"
  • Catholic Conscience and the COVID-19 Vaccine (CRISIS) by Annamaria Cardinally 1/19/2021: "Yet, the Catholic conscience is resilient, if often misunderstood, sometimes even by those who possess it—and most certainly by the world. It bears two features which are especially misconstrued. First, it can not ask less than what the Church requires, but it can ask more. For instance, one person may feel bound to heroic charity in a situation where another does not. Second, in order to function at all, the conscience must be formed (and informed) by truth — the truth of Christ Himself and an accurate understanding of the surrounding world. Otherwise, we don’t have a conscience to follow, but simply our own inclinations."
  • Must Catholics Refuse a Covid-19 Vaccine Made with a Cell Line from an Abortion? The Catholic Spirit | Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | December 10, 2020. In the wake of announcements from multiple pharmaceutical companies about safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, many are expressing ethical doubts about whether it is OK to take these vaccines. Do Catholics have a moral duty to decline an inoculation if it was unethically produced using a cell line that came from an abortion? The short answer is "no."
  • What You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccines (Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI)): David Prentice, Ph.D., Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D. | December 8, 2020. Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) has published a new chart detailing whether the eight leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates supported by Operation Warp Speed are produced or tested using cells derived from abortions. The vaccine candidates evaluated are those produced by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Sanofi/GSK, Inovio, and Merck.
  • Vatican Publishes Note on Moral Acceptability of Using COVID-19 Vaccines: A note from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which was approved by Pope Francis, gives the green light during the pandemic to the use of vaccines produced with cell lines derived from two fetuses aborted in the 1960s.
  • COVID Vaccines and Fetal Tissues: the Moral Calculus (CatholicCulture): Phil Lawler, Dec 04, 2020. Should Catholics accept a vaccine that has been developed using fetal tissue from abortions? Since Catholic moralists have expressed contradictory answers to this question, let me try to offer a bit of clarity.
  • Four Pro-Life Medical Groups Say Pfizer, Moderna COVID Vaccines Not Made With Aborted Baby Cells: In a statement, the Catholic Medical Association, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Pediatricians and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations said the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna did not use cells from aborted babies in their production phases, the Catholic News Agency reports.

Catholic Health Association of the United States:

MyCatholicDoctor:

  • MyCatholicDoctor.com: Coronavirus. What you need to know about Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
  • The Catholic Answer to Vaccines by Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, a pediatrician and e co-founder of MyCatholicDoctor: What is the Catholic teaching on vaccination? Are some vaccines related to abortion? What about the coronavirus/COVID vaccine? This article summarizes official Roman Catholic teaching on vaccination with references to the original documents.

The National Catholic Bioethics Center:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB):

The White House & Govt. Offices:

  • Vaccines.gov: Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You. Includes check boxes to select either the Moderna COVID Vaccine or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID Vaccine or Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID Vaccine.
  • Opening Up America Again: White House Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts.
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – White House, CDC, HHS, FEMA: How to Prepare & Protect Yourself, What to Do If You Think You Are Sick, FAQs.

World Health Organization (WHO):

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA):

  • COVID-19: What You Need to Know – Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA): the latest COVID-19 developments providing links to guidance from government health authorities and the World Health Organization, journal articles and more.

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Environmental Protection Agency:

American College Health Association (ACHA):

Journal of Internal Medicine:

  • Those with Mild Coronavirus Experience Loss of Taste, Smell in 86% of Cases (Journal of Internal Medicine): "[Olfactory dysfunction] is more prevalent in mild COVID-19 forms than in moderate-to-critical forms," the researchers said in the study, noting that according to their research, 75% to 85% of people regained their ability to taste and smell two months after their infection, while 95% of patients regained their ability to taste and smell at six months.

Mayo Clinic:

Medline Plus:

Military Health System:

  • Military Health System Coronavirus: DOD will closely coordinate with our interagency partners to ensure accurate and timely information is available and encourage all appropriate measures are taken to limit the virus' spread.

National Institutes of Health:

National Safety Council:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration – OSHA:

Public Health Emergency: Mission of the HHS Office

  • Public Health Emergency: The mission of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is to save lives and protect Americans from 21st century health security threats.

 Scripps Research:

  • Mutated Coronavirus Shows Significant Boost in Infectivity (Scripps Research): COVID-19-causing viral variant taking over in the United States and Europe now carries more functional, cell-binding spikes. A tiny genetic mutation in the SARS coronavirus 2 variant circulating throughout Europe and the United States significantly increases the virus’ ability to infect cells, lab experiments performed at Scripps Research show.

U of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research:

  • CIDRP Novel Coronavirus Resource Center: U of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy new online resource center to educate the public about the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Ohio Department of Health:

Washington - Dept. of Health:

Yale Environmental Health & Safety:

Inside Higher Ed:

  • A Generation Defined by the Pandemic (InsideHigherEd): A new survey about student experiences during the fall semester and the coronavirus pandemic found that stress, anxiety and loneliness were their overriding concern.
  • Scenario Planning for Coronavirus (InsideHigherEd): Frequently used in military situations, it can help college and university leaders during this uncertain time, writes Paul N. Friga, who presents a high-level scenario analysis and some recommended actions.
  • Coronavirus and Higher Education (InsideHigherEd): Roundup of news about how higher education is coping with initial U.S. impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, and how colleges are preparing for a dizzying array of likely disruptions.
  • What Katrina Taught Us About Online Delivery (InsideHigherEd), March 11, 2020. In 2005, more than 120 U.S. universities came to the aid of some 20 colleges and universities that had been impacted by Hurricane Katrina through shared online classes. There is much discussion now about continuing the delivery of the curriculum in instances where the new coronavirus may disrupt traditional campus offerings.

CNN:

  • I’ve Had My Covid-19 Vaccine — Now What Can I Safely Do? Sandee LaMotte, CNN Health | February 3, 2021. Read on for answers from the experts on top questions such as when can you stop wearing a mask, eat inside a restaurant, travel, go to sporting events and concerts, and freely visit friends and family.

FORBES:

FOX News Health:

NBC Health News:

  • What is the coronavirus? Here's what we know about it. Here's what to know about the new Coronavirus, which causes a disease called COVID-19.
  • Coronavirus Self-Quarantine 101 (NBC): According to NBC News, quarantine means "physically separating a person." It's less severe than isolation, which may be done in a hospital and may last longer. Under quarantine you can still interact with your family and move around your home.

New York Times:

Reuters:

  • How a Changing Virus Is Reshaping Scientists’ Views on COVID-19: March 3 (Reuters) — Chris Murray, a University of Washington disease expert…is changing his assumptions about the course of the pandemic.…But in the last month, data from a vaccine trial in South Africa showed not only that a rapidly-spreading coronavirus variant could dampen the effect of the vaccine, it could also evade natural immunity in people who had been previously infected.

National Association of Manufacturers – NAM:

  • Coronavirus Resources (National Association of Manufacturers – NAM): Includes Federal Government Response | OSHA Employee Health and Safety | DHS Pandemic Planning | Customs and Border Protection.

Mental Health & Wellness:

Miscellaneous:

  • Fighting the Infodemic: Led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, the #CoronaVirusFacts / #DatosCoronaVirus Alliance unites more than 100 fact-checkers around the world in publishing, sharing and translating facts surrounding the new coronavirus.
  • New Rapid Expert Consultation Offers Strategies for Navigating Disaster Response, Evacuation, and Sheltering Complicated by COVID-19 (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine)
  • Coronavirus Small Business Issues and Solutions Guide (Chamber of Commerce): In order to aid and inform owners of small businesses, we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide to coronavirus issues and solutions.
  • 'Half-Masking' May Increase Coronavirus Risk: A study out of the University of North Carolina (UNC) published in the journal Cell suggested the novel coronavirus tends to first penetrate and infect the nasal cavity and in some cases can be aspirated into the lungs, where it can progress to pneumonia.
  • How Can I Spot Misinformation about the Coronavirus and COVID-19? (University of Toronto Libraries): The next time someone shares a COVID-19 ‘fact’ via text or social media, verify it before you share it!
  • How COVID-19 Affects the Mental Health of Seniors: If you are in the 65 and up age group it has probably limited your social interaction even more than others. These extra precautions the elderly have to take has affected their mental health and feelings of loneliness more than usual.
  • CHICAGO (Reuters) – Scientists Just Beginning to Understand the Many Health Problems Caused by COVID-19 – June 26, 2020: Scientists are only starting to grasp the vast array of health problems caused by the novel coronavirus, some of which may have lingering effects on patients and health systems for years to come, according to doctors and infectious disease experts.
  • "The Sober Math Everyone Must Understand about the Pandemic": Jason S Warner, March 16, 2020. Issue One: Social Norms Are Powerful Motivators and Getting in the Way of People Taking the Right Steps in Response to the Pandemic: One of the current problems with addressing the pandemic is the social pressures of taking action today. It’s awkward, and feels like an over-reaction. The reason it feels like an overreaction is that most people OVERWEIGHT the currently reported cases and inherently UNDERWEIGHT the mathematics of how the virus is spreading and what will happen in about 30 days time. This is because our brains tend to think linearly as opposed to logarithmically.
  • Air Purifiers & Coronavirus (Alen Corp Blog) March 13, 2020. A straightforward look at the complexities of capturing viruses. With the global outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), many are wondering whether air purifiers can help combat airborne viruses.

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