- Information on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing often, leading to feelings of confusion and stress.
- By referencing trusted sources, you will have reliable information to help you respond to and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Many people are experiencing anxiety and fear about COVID-19. Misinformation about the disease can add to these feelings and cause more stress. Being armed with accurate information can help to put this extraordinary health situation into perspective and ease worry. Here are places you can go for trusted health information on how to recognize, prevent, and manage COVID-19.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the main place to go to for reliable and useful information about COVID-19 in the United States. The CDC provides the latest information about symptoms, testing, and guidelines for specific groups such as community programs, healthcare professionals, schools, workplaces, and people who may be at higher risk of contracting COVID-19. It also has travel information to help you make educated decisions about travel plans.
Nuvance Health is keeping our communities informed on our website at nuvancehealth.org/coronavirus. This hub of information for patients, families, visitors, and our communities has “Frequently Asked Questions,” the latest “Visitor Policy,” and “Tips for Coping with COVID-19.” Nuvance Health is also keeping our communities informed on social media @NuvanceHealth, or search for your hospital’s name. Nuvance Health hospitals include: Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, Norwalk Hospital, and Sharon Hospital in Connecticut; Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital, and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in New York.
State Departments of Health
The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) created CT.gov/coronavirus which has information for Connecticut residents about COVID-19. The New York Department of Health (NY DOH) has a dedicated COVID-19 page for New York residents too. These webpages feature state guidelines and policies to help prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in businesses, communities, and schools. These guidelines and policies, are important for residents to know so we can all contribute to keeping our communities safe and healthy. CT DPH and NY DOH also provide the latest COVID-19 news and outbreak status in each state.
You may be able to find up-to-date COVID-19 information specific to your area, including current positive case confirmations by town, call volume, testing options, hospitalizations, and more. Access some county dashboards at the following links:
- Dutchess County: https://bit.ly/2X2C98e
- Putnam County: https://bit.ly/2wUdYhs
- Ulster County: https://bit.ly/2R1iUIj
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a great place to go for comprehensive information on COVID-19 and a global view of the disease’s spread. Its website has instructions for basic respiratory care and hygiene. It also has a helpful “Mythbusters” page about COVID-19.
National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides scientific background on COVID-19. It has information about the latest research, emerging treatments, and vaccine status. The website also explains scientific terminology used to describe the disease.
The bottom line: During a health crisis like this one, confusion only adds to the problem. Stay well-informed by sticking to the websites recommended by Nuvance Health for accurate details about COVID-19