About COVID-19

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Updated 4/12/2020 7:51 PM CT

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About Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19

From the Centers for Disease Control website:

"CDC is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in adults 65 years and older." (CDC)

"There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused b[y] a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans." (CDC)

"A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide." (CDC)

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Trustworthy Sources of Information

It is important to share only reliable sources of information and not to perpetuate fake news. The following are some trustworthy sources of information:

State of Illinois Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - This state-led website will provide the latest news releases related to coronavirus, video archives of press conferences, and tips from leading experts to keep you and your family safe. It also features a county map of COVID-19 cases.

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) - Within the state, IDPH and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) are a reliable first stop for information. ​IDPH Resources of Note: 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Nationally, the CDC is charged with monitoring the outbreak and routinely issues bulletins with updated information regarding COVID-19. ​CDC Resources of Note:

Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) - OSHA provides guidelines for the prevention and control of the virus in a variety of workplace situations. This is especially useful regarding workplace cleaning measures.

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center Interactive Heat Map

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 U.S. State-by-State Projections - includes interactive graphs of projected use and capacity of hospital beds, ICU rooms, and invasive ventilators

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Library Organization COVID-19 Webpages

Illinois Heartland Library System: COVID-19 Updates and Resources

American Association of School Librarians: Pandemic Resources for School Librarians - Access free resources via the AASL Learning Library, free vendor resources for online instruction/activities, and more​
American Library Association: Pandemic Preparedness Resources for Libraries webpage and ​ALA 3/13/20 Statement on COVID-19

Illinois Library Association: Corona Virus Resources webpage

Illinois State Library: 3/6/20 Letter to Public Library Directors

Reaching Across Illinois Library System: 2019 Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) webpage

U.S. Department of Education: COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel - Featuring educator-centric administrative resources plus learning resources that can be used by educators including parents/guardians 

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