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Other Live Updates on Covid-19 in NC

NC Coronavirus Live Tracker on Raleigh News & Observer – Excellent resource – Includes live cumulative and daily updates on NC vaccinations, Covid-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations, with daily and rolling 7-day averages, as well as daily tracking on the number of available hospital beds, ICU beds and ventilators. It has interactive maps by COUNTY showing cases and deaths.  The graphs have more than one tab and show the cumulative counts tab by default. Click the other tabs for daily counts and rolling averages. Free to view. You do not need a subscription.

WRAL NC Coronavirus Updates and Latest News – including a NC Coronavirus: Maps, graphs and data page with more useful data including by NC zip codes (quite useful). Free to view. You do not need a subscription.

Live updates on NC and US Covid-19 counts and has Announcements by the Governor on Raleigh News & Observer Free to view. You do not need a subscription.

Covid-19 In US

Updated CDC Information on Delta and Omicron Variants ~Updated December, 2021

Updated CDC Quarantine & Isolation Guidance Due to Omicron Variant  ~Updated December 27, 2021

US Covid-19 Case Updates – CDC website
Information about COVID-19 in the United States on the CDC website
Symptoms & testing – on the CDC website

JHU Global & National COVID-19 tracker with maps – Excellent resource – Includes most up-to-date data with live updates throughout the day, interactive maps including by U.S. county with hospital bed capacity and other data tracked and analyzed by the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Click on the United States at the top of the list on the left to get live US totals. Use the Admin1 tab for US States data. The World Map page includes cumulative cases, deaths and vaccination doses administered.  The US Map page provides US County data.

The Active Cases tab below the world map, shows totals for confirmed cases, deaths, recovered and active cases for US States and other countries. When you click on an orange circle on the map, a data window opens up.

JHU Global & US Cumulative and New cases & mortality counts graphs – updated just before midnight at the end of each day, hover over graph for numbers.

UNC COVID-19 Resources

School of Medicine’s Intranet FAQs and Resources Webpage

Other UNC Healthcare COVID-19 resources
UNC Healthcare Resources for coping with COVID-19
Genetics’ Mental Health & Wellness webpage

Graph comparing deaths from flu season 1957-58 (medium), flue season 2017-18 with pneumonia (medium) and without pneumonia (low), annual car crashes (low), annual heart disease (high), annual cancer (highest), and COVID-19 for 7 weeks starting Feb. 17, 2020 (a spiking line goes almost straight up. to the cancer line) in 7 weeks).
Graph showing why COVID-19 is worse than the flu.

Other COVID-19 Resources

Not Like the Flu, Not Like Car Crashes, Not Like…It’s about the Spike.   Article with analysis and graphs showing why COVID- 19 mortality rates are not like the flu, other diseases (published 4/16/20). Click graph for larger view. 

COVID-19 Public Health On-Call Podcasts – Experts from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offer science and evidence-based insights on the public health news of the day. The current focus is the novel coronavirus spreading around the world.

Staying Connected with Genetics

  • Monday Department Town Halls 12-1 pm via Zoom – Weekly. Check your email for zoom link announcements.
  • Wednesday Genetics Colloquium Seminars 12-1 pm via Zoom – Weekly. Check your email for zoom link announcements


NIH COVID-19 Research Resources

NIH COVID-19 Research Updates – Get the latest COVID-19 research information from NIH.

NIH COVID-19 Grants and Funding – Get information for applicants and recipients and find NIH COVID-19 funding opportunities.

COVID-19  FAQs / Things to Do

From the CDC website:

What do know about COVID-19 Variants – main page

    • Delta – more contagious; symptoms more severe than original Covid; vaccines & boosters effective against Delta; Antibody treatments effective against Delta.
    • Omicron – more contagious than Delta; vaccines & boosters effective against Omicron; Antibody treatments may not be as effective against Omicron.

~Updated here Jan. 3, 2021

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.  Check the CDC website for updates on  Covid Variants.

From the CDC website:

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

~Updated here May 29, 2020

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Stay home and shelter in place
  • Practice social and physical distancing – Keep 6 ft. distance between you and others
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or into your flexed elbow
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Wear a face mask when in public
This pdf describes different things to do if you are a PhD researcher without a lab during COVID-19. The link opens the pdf.

In these unprecedented times many of us are finding ourselves without the ability to perform lab work and are having to self-isolate. This poster explores some of the options for PhD researchers in this uncertain period to help alleviate pressure, guide productivity and maintain mental wellness. Open pdf
(Our thanks to Dr. Zoë Ayres, @ZJAyres, who developed and shared this poster.)

Things to do described on the pdf poster: write your thesis intro, build your experimental techniques, make beautiful figures, learn to code, create test plans, work on papers, connect with colleagues, create a schedule, let go of guilt, and take time for you.