Covid-19 FAQs & Resources
The FDA has issued warnings about toxic off-brand Hand Sanitizers THAT SHOULD NOT BE USED due to methanol or 1-propanol contamination. The link goes to an FDA page with a table of brands to avoid published 7/2/2020 along with several updates with more brands to avoid. These brands have been sold at major retailers including Walmart and COSCO.
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 coronavirus 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 and by ZIPCODE (exremely useful) 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.
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
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. The US Map page provides US County data. Update May 4: Lists on World Map page now include cumulative death and recovered counts for US States.
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
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 PHCO
- Tuesday Town Halls 4-5 pm via Zoom – On an as needed basis. Check your email for zoom link announcements.
- Friday Seminars / Student Socials – via Zoom – 12-12:30 pm for Student Socials. These will alternate weekly with virtual Seminar presentations from 12-1 pm which start April 17. 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:
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
~Updated here May 29, 2020
From the CDC website:
- 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
Here are youtube tutorials for making a simple face mask.
- Tutorial to make a face mask using a sewing machine, but you could sew it by hand, too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FB–BOyTiU
- Tutorial to make a face mask without sewing using a piece of cloth, 2 hair bands and a paperclip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP3VzMQQJrc
- Tutorial to make a face mask without sewing using a bandana and 2 rubber bands: https://youtu.be/1r2C1zGUHbU
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.
Get By #WithMe by Google youtube is whole page of youtube videos on how to do a variety of things while we stay at home.
“From teaching kids and cutting our own hair to growing food and making our own face masks, we’re all trying new things as we navigate Covid-19. These days, just doing the ordinary feels extraordinary. We’re all just figuring it out, together.” See all the videos to watch at Get By #WithMe.
Topics include: home schooling, making home-made hand sanitizer, giving a hair cut, baking a cake from scratch, making a face mask, grooming your dog, giving yourself a manicure, working from home with kids, how to grow plants from seeds, baking sour dough bread, and more.