The name of the new virus is SARS-CoV-2. It is a member of the Coronavirus family. The name of the disease it causes is COVID-19.
This is a simple page of useful resources to help find the info you need without adding too much to your no doubt overloaded psyche.
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NHS & Gov.uk
You probably know all this, but here is the latest official NHS guidance: Advice for everyone – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Worried about possible symptoms? Answer a series of simple questions online and receive advice: Check if you have coronavirus symptoms
Check your regular medication, for example Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), for any COVID-19 related info and guidance.
Menu of COVID-19 topics, including employment, schools, public services, transport, housing and more: gov.uk/coronavirus
Newest official guidance: Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)
Latest Gov.uk Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: What you can and can’t do
London Assembly info and advice for non-UK nationals: healthcare, immigration, travel, and more.
Facts & Fictions
ECDC is closely monitoring this outbreak, providing data, maps, guidance, and advice: Latest news & overview.
Full Fact COVID-19: https://fullfact.org/health/coronavirus/ “Bad information ruins lives. In situations like this, it can cause unnecessary fear and—most importantly—may lead people to ignore important advice about symptoms or avoiding infection.”
Infotagion Fact Checking: https://infotagion.com/ Independent, fact-checking service for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Sourced from WHO, UK and other official government advice.
Poynter: https://www.poynter.org/ifcn-covid-19-misinformation/ Including tips and tools for the public and for journalists.
Coronaviruses were first discovered in the 1930s with an acute respiratory infection of domesticated chickens: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronavirus
When Coronavirus’ RNA genome first enters a cell, it interacts with the host’s protein-making machinery, using it to make proteins that can copy RNA molecules. These RNA-copying proteins, called “polymerases,” make an enticing target for therapies: The biology of an effective therapy
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