Coronavirus COVID-19: Links You Can Trust
April 27, 2020 | By Baltimore County Public Library
Coronavirus COVID-19 has been the subject of many recent news and social media reports. With the increase of fake and unreliable news, we suggest going to the following trusted sources to learn more about this topic.
Baltimore County Resources
- Baltimore County Government's COVID-19 Resource Guide—Find all of the most up-to-date information about resources in Baltimore County.
- Resources available for Baltimore County families and students experiencing homelessness in English and Spanish.
- Baltimore County Health Department—Find reliable information specific to Baltimore County regarding coronavirus COVID-19.
- Baltimore County Public Schools—Find health updates from Baltimore County Public Schools for students and parents.
- Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development—Find resources that provide business and worker assistance at the federal, state and local levels.
- Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund—Support the County’s efforts to promote public health and support residents by making a donation.
- Maryland 211—Call Maryland 211 if you wish to talk with someone regarding the Coronavirus. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in more than 180 languages. Accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing through Maryland Relay (dial 711).
- Locations Serving Free Meals—Baltimore County Public Schools is providing three, free Grab-and-Go meals at over 40 locations throughout the County.
- The Maryland Department of Labor's Division of Unemployment Benefits launched the new one-stop, online application for workers to apply for unemployment. This application process allows Marylanders—including those who may qualify for expanded benefits under the CARES Act such as gig workers, independent contractors and the self-employed—to file for unemployment easily online. Learn more about the application process and expanded benefits.
- Visit the Rumor Control web page for help distinguishing between coronavirus rumors and facts.
- The Governor has declared a State of Emergency in Maryland following confirmation of several positive cases of COVID-19. You can find additional up-to-date information on the Governor's "Maryland Unites" page.
- The Maryland Department of Health: Coronavirus Outbreak page provides a document for guidance for schools as well as other general and Maryland-specific information.
- Maryland’s COVID-19 Business Response shares resources for business including tax relief and financial assistance.
- Maryland Access to Justice Commission features information for Marylanders who may be facing a civil legal issue or may be confused about their rights.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a trusted, authoritative source for public health information. WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the 2020 outbreak of coronavirus disease: COVID-19.
- Economic Aid-Check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment.
- Coronavirus—This landing page for the coronaviruses family of viruses includes background, select news on the outbreak, and links to questions and answers on coronaviruses.
- Advice for the Public—This page on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has practical information for dealing with the outbreak on a personal level. The page includes video, graphics, mythbusters and even tips for coping with related stress.
- Government Benefits—Learn about programs that can help you pay for food, housing, health care and other basic living expenses.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is our nation’s premier authority on public health information. The coronavirus information page that the CDC has developed is a one-stop shop for background on the strain, COVID-19, as well as the class of coronaviruses, CDC-authored news monitoring the situation—including all the statistics on cases—and a wealth of resources for professionals, travelers and the general public.
The CDC has shared information about the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Hesperian is a nonprofit organization that has produced fact sheets about the coronavirus in 11 different languages.
MedlinePlus offers up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus infections in a language you can understand. This information is also available in Spanish. MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Associated Press (AP) is a not-for-profit news cooperative that is widely considered the least biased reporting in the U.S. Government and business response to the coronavirus outbreak are well covered.
Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) is actively mapping coronavirus COVID-19, including the number of global cases, deaths and recoveries. The data is updated throughout the day.