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 GuideFind 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 DepartmentFind reliable information specific to Baltimore County regarding coronavirus COVID-19. 
  • Baltimore County Public SchoolsFind health updates from Baltimore County Public Schools for students and parents. 
  • Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce DevelopmentFind resources that provide business and worker assistance at the federal, state and local levels.
  • Baltimore County COVID-19 Emergency Response FundSupport the County’s efforts to promote public health and support residents by making a donation.
  • Maryland 211Call 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 MealsBaltimore County Public Schools is providing three, free Grab-and-Go meals at over 40 locations throughout the County.

Maryland Resources

National Resources

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.
  • CoronavirusThis 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 PublicThis 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 BenefitsLearn 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 SpanishMedlinePlus 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.

The U.S. Department of State provides updated information about travel safety and security

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