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The Coronavirus Outbreak: Reliable Sources

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There is no single health organization that has been issuing warnings and regulatories about dealing with the threat of coronavirus. A lot of resources can be put to use to stay on top of all the latest updates. Here we have collated a list of different websites that have been issuing the ground rules that should be followed not just by the affected people but also for preventive purposes.

1. The World Health Organization

The coronavirus cases are spiking and the World Health Organization has been issuing various useful information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19. The health officers at WHO are working closely with the governments, different global experts, and many other partners to expand the scientific knowledge on this new virus rapidly. The World Health Organization is making efforts to track the spread and the severity or harmfulness of the virus, and to provide advice and guidelines to countries and the global community on various measures and precautions to protect health and ultimately prevent the spread of this deadly outbreak. 

There has been a lot of false information being spread about coronavirus, its symptoms, the likely treatment, and precautions but the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization are taken to be the standard across the world.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

One of the leading national public health institutes of the United States of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV and interestingly, all three viruses originate in bats. The emergence of this virus has been taking place through animal reservoir and this was closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sequences from the patients based in the USA were studied and found to be similar to the ones that China initially posted about. 

Severe illness has been known to be caused in people because of both MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. The illnesses can range from mild to being severe and there have been conditions that have resulted in the death of patients found to be 2019-nCoV positive.

3. European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is a health agency based out of the European Union (EU). The mission of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is to strengthen Europe’s defenses against infectious diseases. The ECDC updates the risk assessments on a daily basis making it one of the best resources to refer to if you are on a lookout for the latest information about coronavirus. 

The current situation and a sudden spike in the number of coronavirus cases in Italy, the United Kingdom and other parts of the European Union indicate that local transmission may have resulted in the spread of this disease. The collective evidence from the patients reported in the EU/EEA and the UK indicate that after the coronavirus has been imported, the virus causing  COVID-19 can transmit rapidly. 

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4. Ministry of Health Singapore

Ministry of Health or MOH is a people-centric innovative organization based out of Singapore, committed to providing its citizens with excellent medical facilities, promoting good health and wellness, reducing the widespread illnesses and access to affordable and appropriate health care as per their needs. 

The Ministry of Health provides its citizens a real-time case summaries on an hourly basis – the number of confirmed cases, the cases that have tested negative, the ones that have pending test results and information about the people who have been discharged.

Whenever there is an outbreak of a disease resulting in the spread of infectious viruses and bacteria worldwide, Singapore puts its prevention and response plans in place. They even have something known as the ‘Disease Outbreak Response System Condition’ (DORSCON) which is a color-coded framework that shows you the current disease situation in Singapore. The DORSCON lets a person know the situation of the disease overseas, how likely it is to find ground on the soil of Singapore, the kind of impact it can have on the people living in Singapore and the situation of the disease overseas.

5. American Medical Association

The largest association of physicians — both MDs and DOs and medical students is known as the American Medical Association. The main aim of AMA is to promote the art and science of medicine so that public health can get the best possible results. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the American Medical Association (AMA) has been monitoring the spread of the virus that began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in Dec. 2019. Together, these medical associations have been checking the advancement of coronavirus across the world, it’s country of origin and has been analyzing the kind of risk it poses. It is however claimed by the American Medical Association that the reports of dangers have been blown up out of proportion as compared to what the actual risk is, and that the USA is at extremely low risk.

6. National Institute of Health

The medical research agency of the United States of America, the National Institute of Health is responsible for making important discoveries in the field of medicine that can improve health and save the lives of people. What makes NIH stand apart from all the other resources available to gain knowledge about coronavirus is that when MERS emerged in 2012 and COVID-19 got identified in 2020, NIH was one of the premier agencies to quickly study about the viruses, and put in all the efforts to know all about it that continues until date. The main areas of interest for NIH include the basic yet in depth knowledge about the origin of the virus, how exactly does the virus cause coronavirus, to develop animal study models, to come up with new treatments and look for any possible vaccines that can help in stopping this disease from spreading more widely than it already is.

7. British Medical Journal (BMJ)

One of the world’s oldest yet leading general medical journals, BMJ was originally called the British Medical Journal. An advocate of evidence-based medicine, the British Medical Journal publishes research and clinical reviews as well as the recent medical advances, editorial perspectives, among others.

On their website, you will be able to find the entire timeline of the coronavirus breakout starting from the first reported case in China on 31st December until date — which other countries have had a newly reported case of coronavirus, the number of confirmed cases in different nations, the statements issued by governments in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak and if there have been any new regulations issued by any leading health organization of the world.

So if you are someone or know someone who wants to know every minute detail about the developments about the dreaded COVID-19 disease, you know which resource will keep you on the top of everything.

8. CMAJ – Canadian Medical Association Journal

A peer-reviewed general medical journal, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) is known to publish original clinical research, commentaries, analyses, and reviews of clinical topics, health news, clinical practice updates, and thought-provoking editorials. Having a substantial impact on the practice of medicine and health care not just in Canada but also in the nations around the world, CMAJ has four areas of focus — mental health, the health of vulnerable populations, health services and sepsis. This journal keeps a nation wise track of the reported cases, the development of the patient’s conditions and the statements being issued by each affected country. 

With the vision of best evidence, best practice and best health, CMAJ aims to publish articles to educate people with as much micro information as possible. 

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