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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

March 13th, 2020 · No Comments · City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

In hopes of answering questions you may have and calming some anxieties about the coronavirus, we would like to share a list of resources below from reputable organizations that can provide you with up-to-date information.

What is the COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, causes respiratory illness in people. It can spread from person to person through “respiratory droplets” that occur when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Common symptoms that present 2-14 days after exposure include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The virus was first reported from Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019, but is now confirmed in 70 locations internationally, including in the United States. The World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on January 30, 2020.

Websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is a federal public health institute of the United States. It offers current information about:

  • symptoms,
  • testing, and
  • prevention and treatment.

The CDC has frequent updates on new cases in the United States, risk assessments by country, and information for travel and travelers. Helpful sections include posters on how to prevent the spread of the virus within your community and an Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) page answering all of your questions.

The World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO provides:

It also features myth buster graphics such as the one below to stop the spread of misinformation, that put people and their communities at greater risk.

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

For the latest on monitoring cases in New Hampshire be sure to visit the DHHS website on COVID-19. This state government website also includes:

  • information about the current situation
  • New Hampshire 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Summary Report
  • information about COVID-19 preparation in NH,
  • frequently asked questions about COVID-19
  • community information and resources for individuals and families on how to help stop the spread of misinformation and learn how to prepare and plan for public health emergencies.

Manchester Health Department

The Manchester Health Department has been following this public health issue since it was first reported in late 2019.  The Manchester Health Department and the City of Manchester are working with the CDC, New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and city and state leaders. The Manchester Health Department’s website provides a timeline of COVID-19. Please follow this page for updates about COVID-19 and Manchester’s response to the disease..

Mental Health

The terms outbreak, epidemic, global health emergency, and quarantine often can be trigger words for many people creating anxiety, depression, fear, and distrust. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created a Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks fact sheet that describes common signs of stress, how to recognize when to get help, and advice for coping.

Beware of scams!

The WHO has a dedicated page listing potential scams seeking to steal money or sensitive information from people. Improve your cyber security by reading the WHO’s information and tips.

If you have questions, look for answers at one of these resources, beware of scams, and wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds or sing “Happy Birthday” twice)! You can also call us at the Reference Desk at 624-6550 ext. 3319.

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