Learning About Coronavirus

Learn more about the Coronavirus from trusted sources, including courses about epidemiology and virology

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The Side Eye: Viruses vs Everyone - Three important points of COVID-19 through cartoon

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General Information

Official Information

For public advice and information

See https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/advice


COVID-19 International Media Brief- A written summary of all notable Coronavirus articles found on newsnow.co.uk. If anyone would like to help write the COVID-19 International Media Brief contact Sam Gangadin-Guinness on Facebook.

Welcome to the Coronavirus Info-Database, an attempt to organize the disparate papers, articles and links that are spread all over the internet regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We sort, summarize and prioritize all links on a daily basis. You can submit new links by pressing the big green button.

Outlines research suggesting that the virus can spread as an aerosol, by lingering in the air for hours after someone has coughed or sneezed in the area.

Article discussing potential implications for public health policy (in particular with relation to masks) of the virus spreading like an aerosol

Article about China's announcement that Coronavirus can spread as an aerosol

๐Ÿ”— https://www.flattenthecurve.com/
๐Ÿ—ฃ https://twitter.com/figgyjam
Flatten The Curve- Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and thorough guidance compiled by Julie McMurry, MPH.ย Supported by National Centre for Health Data and Innovative Support for Emergencies Diseases and Disasters

Get help understanding all of the medical language surrounding COVID-19. Ask for help with defining words and get simple definitions from medical professionals.

After โ€˜Flatten the Curveโ€™, we must now โ€˜Stop the Spreadโ€™. Hereโ€™s what that means

Interview with a renowned virologist, David Ho

InSTEDD-ย Community Pandemic Preparedness Guide, originally written for the Influenza Pandemic

Travel restrictions related to the 2019โ€“20 Coronavirus pandemic

"This page presents all our content related to the COVID-19 crisis and other useful resources. It covers key information about the crisis, how to use your time and money to tackle it effectively, ideas on how to personally cope"

Coronavirus Syllabus

Coronavirus Syllabus: Books and maps about pandemics: a crowdsourced cross-disciplinary resource


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by Shauna Bennett, illustrated by Elfy Chiang, reviewed by Tara C. Smith, Ian Mackay and other virologists and MDs. [via this tweet and this post]

๐Ÿ”— https://practicalwaystostopcoronavirus.wordpress.com/
Practical ways to stop coronavirus: Simple explanations of the basic things everyone can do, collected in one place. A resource to be used, shared, improved

The Science Behind COVID-19

Infographic by a biomedical communicator showing events that occur following SARS-CoV-2 infection.


๐Ÿ“บhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i453tQHFnG0 visual of aerosol transmission from someone simply speaking and virus is aerosolized that stays in air where other can breath it in if they are not wearing a mask. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pshp3uZzHTw on Chinese announcement of aerosol transmission.

๐Ÿ“บhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWVCd2vPscs and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG1Du-GOJs0 Excellent medical research on Aerosol Transmission. Air samples had high concentration of Viral loads in the air in public places.

informative illustration of how the virus attacks the body.

MedCram video series on Coronavirus


Informational podcast from 80,000 Hours giving an effective altruist perspective on COVID-19.

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Weekly podcast, English, by top virologists and infectious disease doctors covering the latest research and governmental response to COVID-19 and they also answer listener questions.


Education and training, WHO: Coronavirus learning resources by OpenWHOย 

Coursera hosted e-learning course offered by Imperial College London.

Course by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Free Coronavirus Awareness Course/eLearning - SCORM package available for download and embed code for placing into intranet/web pages. Covers symptoms, self-isolation and myths. Quiz at the end to help retention.

Unofficial News Sources

Daily(ish) official numbers aggregator - "The only autism-powered COVID-19 intelligence aggregator on the internet"

Hygiene Advice



Tracing the Outbreak

๐Ÿ”—Ecosystem survey Google Doc.
A survey of the projects working on the contact tracing and mapping part of the problem, data sets, media coverage etc - too much to put in this subsection of the Tech Handbook.

๐Ÿ”— COVID-19 Track
Website with strong data visualisations built to provide the public with crowdsourced information on COVID-19-Tracker

๐Ÿ”— covid19risk.com
๐Ÿ—ฃ [email protected]
We hope to slow the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19 with crowdsourced data.

EpiRisk is a computational platform designed to allow a quick estimate of the probability of exporting infected individuals from sites affected by a disease outbreak to other areas in the world through the airline transportation network and the daily commuting patters. It also lets the user to explore the effects of potential restrictions applied to airline traffic and commuting flows.

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COVID-19 Location History Tool- A tool to compare userโ€™s location history with patientsโ€™. It uses Google Maps Timeline KML data. All the data comparison is processed in local so that the userโ€™s data are NOT shared with any government. Repository here
๐Ÿ”— https://github.com/yjlou/2019-nCov/tree/master/countries
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Data sets (Currently Korea, Israel, Diamond Princess) with converters to different formats.ย 

Microsoft Bing COVID-19 Tracker

First confirmed virus case in Africa โ€“ as it happened

Events on COVID-19

๐Ÿ”— https://www.crowdcast.io/e/covid-19-virtual-summit/register
๐Ÿ“… 16 - 18 March 2020
COVID-19 Free Virtual Summit: The State & Future of Pandemics. From Singularity University's community of global experts on COVID-19, the current challenges and solutions, and future impact on our health, business, government, and communities.

๐Ÿ“… 17 March 2020
Accelerate Good Global 2020l is a sector-defining event, uniting tech nonprofit entrepreneurs, technology leaders, and philanthropists who believe in leveraging tech for good