Covid-19 in America’s Coronavirus Capital… A Guide

There are a variety of problematic voices and opinions on Covid-19. Here are the places I turn to for the most up-to-date information…

A little over a week ago, an opinion piece in the New York Times called Seattle “America’s Coronavirus Capital.”

As someone who lives and works here and is raising a family here, I didn’t quite know how to handle those words. A part of me was offended.

And then reality hit… and frankly we still haven’t seen the worst of it.

The thoughts and feelings that bubble up are hard to put words to. Nothing is settled and what you think you know might be completely wrong tomorrow.

As someone who works in tech at a startup, has kids in local Seattle schools, and as a pastor at a church in South Lake Union, all of this hits home in a variety of ways.

There are many problematic voices and opinions on this crisis. There’s been confusion, indifference, and even a naivete in grasping how serious all of this is.

And while things have gotten worse, I’m working hard to listen to experts, be present in my community, and respond responsibly.

Here are the places I turn to for the most up-to-date information:

Coronavirus Dashboard – this is a real-time dashboard of Covid-19 across the globe, put together by a high schooler in the local Seattle area; it’s brilliant.

King5 Local News Coverage on Covid-19 – where I’ve found up-to-date local news on what’s happening on the ground; their coverage has been fantastic.

Seattle Times Covid-10 Coverage – local and national coverage of Covid-19 its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) – where I’ve been turning to for practical guidance on Covid-19 symptoms, prevention, news, and resources.

New England Journal of Medicine – a collection of freely-available articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary.

Bedford Lab Research – this is an effort led by Travis Bedford, a scientist at Fred Hutch here in Seattle, focused on computational and statistical modeling of epidemic growth and geographic spread.

Nextstrain’s Covid-10 Genomic Epidemiology – see how the virus has evolved from animal-to-human strains across the globe, and how scientists are able to track the rapid evolution of the virus.

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