The coronavirus is a rapidly spreading virus that currently concerns billions of people around the world.
And as the number of people and countries affected by this new virus is spreading, so are conspiracy theories and unfounded claims about it.
Social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, have seen a number of false and misleading posts that can cause serious damage to public health.
In this time it is more crucial than ever to get information only from the most reliable sources.
This is a list of the best 10 websites that provide reliable information, data, and instructions regarding the Coronavirus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
The WHO’s website is an important and reliable source for news. information and guidance regarding the coronavirus, including the sections:
- Protect yourself: advice for the public
- Myth busters
- Questions and answers
- Situation reports
- All information on the COVID-19 outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States.
The information on the CDC website includes:
- How to Protect Yourself
- If You Think You Are Sick
- Older Adults & Medical Conditions
- Prepare Your Family
- Resources for the Community
- A map of COVID-19 Cases in the U.S.
- Latest Updates
- Information for Healthcare Professionals
- Federal Government Response
The National Health Service (NHS) is the publicly funded healthcare system of the United Kingdom.
On the NHS website you can find:
- How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus
- Stay at home advice
- Advice for people at high risk
- How coronavirus is spread
- Pregnancy advice
- Travel advice
- Treatment for coronavirus
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research.
The information on the NIH website is more scientific in nature and includes:
- Situation Summary
- Testing for COVID-19
- What You Need to Know
- Cases and Latest Updates
- Healthcare Professionals & Laboratories
- Local Mitigation Strategies
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
Among the FDA responsibilities are protecting and promoting public health through the control and supervision of prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, medical devices and more.
The FDA website provides information on the coronavirus, including:
- Fast facts
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Medical countermeasures
- COVID-19-Related Guidance Documents
- Health Fraud
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is an independent agency of the European Union whose mission is to strengthen Europe’s defenses against infectious diseases.
It provides an overview and updates on the coronavirus, as well as updated information on:
- What is the risk of infection for the EU/EEA and the UK population?
- Current risk assessment
- Questions and answers
- Infographics and leaflets about COVID-19
- Videos on COVID-19
The New York Times is providing free access to its most important news and useful guidance on the coronavirus outbreak.
The BBC has gathered important information, guides and resources on the coronavirus and COVID 19 in the UK and worldwide.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center provides an updated map and data of COVID 19 cases worldwide.
The “Corona simulator” of the Washington Post is probably the best demonstration of the importance of social distancing as a measure to fight the coronavirus outbreak.