Please keep in mind this information is subject to frequent changes, and is current only through the most recent update. Last updated December 22, 2020. Cover image is public domain from CDC.
If you live in California, we now have CA Notify, a contact tracing app that uses anonymized Bluetooth handshakes to keep a record of all the (participating) phones you come in contact with. If you test positive, you can send an anonymous notification to everyone who might have been exposed. California was a bit slow to get this set up compared to some other states—I’ve started a list or you can check the app store on your phone to see if there’s something similar where you live.
- WEAR A MASK.
- Stay away from people even if you feel well (aka “social distancing”).
- If you think you contracted the virus, stay home and don’t go to the ER unless you can’t breathe, feel faint, can’t keep fluids down.
- Take acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol) for fever/aches
- Exercising by yourself outside is ok.
- Bring food/supplies to elderly family members so they can avoid people–drop off supplies without direct contact.
- Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is appearing in children who were previously exposed, often asymptomatically.
- When in doubt, check the CDC website for updated information.
- COVID-19 Global Case Tracker, maintained by Johns Hopkins University (link was wrong before, fixed 3/29).
- United States-only COVID-19 tracker. It’s not clear to me where this one is getting its data, but the information seems consistent with the main one above.
I’ve read through these articles and while some of them are very long reads, the information at the time they were published appeared to align with the concurrent briefings from Infectious Disease at my hospital or with my own experience.
- Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
- Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance
- I’m A Doctor. The U.S. Response to Coronavirus Has Been Nothing Short of Criminal
Stuff I Wrote
Some of the things are either out of date or no longer as useful as they once were. When that happens I’ll move it down here.
- COVID-19 Guide for the General Public: At the start of the pandemic my colleagues were maintaining a living document with practical COVID-19 information: find it here.