“Coronavirus” is actually a category of viruses, sort of like “Poodle” is a category of dogs. The virus popularly known as “coronavirus” is more precisely known as SARS-CoV-2 (though also referred to as 2019-ncov, for “2019 Novel Coronavirus”) and is in the coronavirus family. One of the best sources of information on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease COVID-19 is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The interactive data map from Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (verified safe link) is also a great source of visualized data, close to “real time.”

Probably the best COVID-19 information in Canada.

Keep an eye out as well for Coronavirus Scams.


For related posts at SharperIron, see also COVID-19.


Christian ICU nurse in NY: “None of my [fellow] nurses who've worked for 20 years, no one's seen anything like this.”

"It's just something I've been taking one day at a time, lots of prayer," Inokon said. "I write out my feelings when I feel like I can, when I can articulate them, and then just giving myself grace to feel however I feel throughout the process." - BPNews

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“ leaders will need to diligently communicate what they are doing to clean facilities and ensure they are being as careful as possible with their members’ health.”

Pastor Nic Burleson "says his church is also putting all food service on hold. At Timber Ridge, which he describes as being built on a platform of hospitality, the focus on helping people feel welcome used to revolve around 'donuts, coffee, hugs and handshakes.' Now, he says, hospitality is focused on proving the church is taking a visitor’s health into consideration." - Church Leaders

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Neurologist Writes to Praise Unsung Heroes

"I’ve found it useful to reflect on hospital experiences through writing, with particular focus on the quiet individuals working alongside physicians and nurses during this time, including patient transport staff, environmental services staff, and dining services staff. They are unsung heroes, in my opinion, important components of any hospital operation." - BJU Today

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AG Barr explores legal action against state COVID-19 orders that infringe on civil rights

"On Monday, Barr sent a two-page memo to federal prosecutors asking them to consider legal action against state and local governments that infringe upon citizens' civil liberties as they enforce state lockdown policies in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic." - CPost

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From pews to patients – churches have long served as hospitals, particularly in times of crisis

" Alaska, a church’s pastor preached from the parking lot during a drive-in Easter service, while the interior of the church was being used as an alternate hospital site to manage the overflow of COVID-19 patients. The last time churches in the U.S. were turned into temporary hospitals was during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918.

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