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Misinformation is "a serious threat to public health." Get the facts.
The U.S. Surgeon General reports that misinformation is a serious threat to public health. You can help stop it: read the advisory, "Confronting Health Misinformation" and get the facts. The Illinois Department of Public Health provides accurate, updated, and clear information on a variety of topics, including the COVID-19 Delta Variant, Protect Against COVID-19, What If I've Been Exposed?, and Face Coverings Dos and Dont's.
Other reliable resources
COVID-19 by State/County
An interactive map from the Brown School of Public Health provides a visualization of current cases across the nation. View data by state, county, and/or congressional district.
COVID-19 cases in Illinois by ZIP code
This interactive map from WBEZ Chicago allows you to see reported cases by Illinois ZIP code.
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
The school's faculty are on the front lines of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing new research, collaborating on projects, and advising governments, businesses, and others. Site rounds up current knowledge, news coverage, and press conferences.
How coronavirus spreads through a population and how we can beat it
Dynamic graphics from The Guardian illustrating how subtle changes in social behavior or the level of contagiousness of COVID-19 can affect the battle to stop its spread. Updated periodically.
Illinois Department on Aging
Resources, tips, and info for seniors and caregivers.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Up-to-date statistics and expertise from a national healthcare leader.
Info on the pandemic from the nonprofit Society for Science & the Public.
Smithsonian Education Center: COVID-19! How Can I Protect Myself and Others?
The Smithsonian Science Education Center, with the support of the World Health Organization, has prepared information specifically for youth. Available in 15+ languages as PDF download.
A new way to visualize the surge in COVID cases in the U.S.
University of Toronto: How to spot misinformation about the coronavirus and COVID-19
The University of Toronto Science Information Center's comprehensive online guide on how to identify inaccurate information about the global pandemic.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Advice for the public; global and country-by-country situation reports, updated daily.
Perspectives on a global pandemic
Audio Diaries from Healthcare Workers During COVID-19
Listen to audio diaries featuring more than 200 frontline healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19. The Library of Congress makes this collection available, providing firsthand testimonies from hospitals and communities across the country as the public health crisis unfolded. The audio library was donated by The Nocturnists, a San Francisco-based independent medical storytelling community and podcast.
A continuing series of deceptively simple animated graphics created by Toby Morris and Siouxsie Wiles and published by The Spinoff makes it easy to understand all aspects of the pandemic including transmission, prevention, vaccines, and the COVID-19 vocabulary we've all been learning since March 2020.