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4/22/21 Dr. Cindy Prins of UF's College of Public Health and Health Professions defines "herd immunity" and discusses its potential impact on COVID infection rates in the Gainesville and neighboring communities.
Google's aggregated, anonymized insights into what has changed nationally throughout the world n response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19 . The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential. baseline is the median value, for the corresponding day of the week. Reports show trends over several weeks with the most recent data representing approximately 2-3 days ago—this is how long it takes to produce the reports.
US Food and Drug Administration. Updated daily. Includes information on how COVID recoverers can donate plasma to help others, PPE (personal protective equipment like respirators), emergency use authorizations and guidelines, FDA regulated products, a phone number to report fraudulent products, and many related topics.
10/22/20 FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) 's "glossary" of what various terms mean in terms of new drugs and therapies, how they're made available and how much confidence scientists have in their safety and effectiveness.
4/7/21 A 3-minute video interview with Sonja A. Rasmussen, M.D., M.S., an epidemiologist and professor in the UF College of Medicine’s department of pediatrics and the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions discussing current options available for children, a potential timeline for additional vaccines for younger age groups, thoughts on vaccine safety and ways to protect children right now.
3/24/21 Nature "News Explainer" on the vaccine's role in the pandemic, its effectiveness (including in the elderly and against the variants), safety, dosing, and the potential impact of this week's conflicting messages about this vaccine.
Updated 6/14/21. This portal of consumer resources related to the COVID-19 vaccines has a regularly-updated list of links to a variety of trustworthy resources, including statistics, patient handouts, videos, and journal articles.
Learn about the COVID-19 vaccines available from UF Health. Includes information about vaccine availability in Gainesville & Alachua County, vaccine safety, and general information about how vaccines work.
Updated 7/12/18. CDC's educational site about immunizations. Includes definitions and information about the purpose of vaccines, their safety, their ingredients, how they work in the body, why they are important, and answers to common questions.
Updated 5/27/21. CDC info page on the 3 authorized and recommended vaccines and 2 in Phase 3 Clinical trials, general information on how vaccines work, special populations, ensuring vaccine safety & effectiveness
Pfizer-BioNTech's information sheet on its COVID-19 vaccine. Includes information for both Healthcare professionals (left button) and Consumers (right buttons) and a button for reporting adverse effects of the vaccine.
Information on what the vaccine is, who should and should not receive it, what to tell your healthcare provider before getting the vaccine, how the vaccine's given, what the risks are, and what to do about side effects. Downloadable in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, French and Tagalog.
Updated 6/14/21. CDC explains the people and methods it relies on to test whether vaccines (here, COVID) have been effective in preventing or reducing the severity of the illness they are supposed to stop/slow.
CDC's 4-page fact sheet answering common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Includes information about vaccine efficacy, safety, and continued evaluation, as well as vaccine reaction monitoring and reporting.
Updated 3/12/21. Facebook page created by a professor (Master of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology) at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and some of her students that discusses vaccine "news" using common language. Plans for a #drbiologymom on Instagram soon (after 2/23/21.) Aim: debunk vaccine misinformation.
Updated 6/12/21. Information about a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Includes information about how to register and use the app, how long check ins last, how safe your information is, how to complete an interrupted checkin, how to update after receiving 2nd dose.
Links to a list of adverse effects; provides instructions, phone number, email address and tells you what information you will be asked to provide so that manufacturers, doctors, etc. have a record of any bad reaction to a vaccine. The site is sponsored by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Updated 6/17/21. CDC basic info on what has and what has NOT changed, what we now know and what we still don't know as advice on how to protect yourself and those around you AFTER you've been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and when you can consider yourself fully vaccinated.
December 2020: Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics' Virtual Seminar Experts Detail Major Challenges Confronting National Immunization Campaign (from University of Pennsylvania) summary article and link to 1-hr virtual seminar.
3/25/21 BBC news article on the "double mutant" variant discovered in India: "may be a separate lineage developing in India with the L452R and E484Q mutations coming together" but unlike some other variants, India's new double variant is not likely to be more deadly or more inherently transmissible, but that more data is needed to be sure."
3/17/21 short article on getting routine care during the pandemic--includes reasons why routine care is important for children and people with certain health conditions and examples of safety measures practices in some healthcare facilities
The COVID19MisInfo.org Portal is a rapid response project of the Ryerson Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management. The project is funded by the Government of Canada via the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The aim of this project is two-fold: (1) put a spotlight on COVID-19 related misinformation and (2) to provide Canadians with timely and actionable information that we all can use to protect ourselves and our community.
Released 10/15/20. The United Kingdom's National Institute of Health Research "themed review" of the evidence around ongoing COVID-19 symptoms (often called Long COVID). Rapid and dynamic review draws on the lived experience of COVID-19 patients and expert consensus, as well as published evidence, to better understand the impact of ongoing effects of COVID-19, how health and social care services should respond, and what future research questions might be.
Updated 3/15/21. A number of our practices can now connect you with our medical professionals, who can evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely using telecommunications technology that is secure and easy to use.
Updated 3/15/21. What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida, including contact information for County Health Departments & the COVID-19 Call Center, and information about the current situation in Florida, including the number of cases.
Information about how COVID-19 spreads, symptoms, prevention & treatment, stigma & resilience, what to do if you are sick, and links to frequently asked questions. Available in English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean.
Updated 3/15/21. Includes information about when and how to use masks, information about COVID-19 myths, advice for health workers, and getting your workplace ready. Includes links to information videos and downloadable graphics and posters.
Updated 1/4/21. CDC's list of health conditions and factors that increase risk of contracting COVID-19, not getting adequate care if infected, or becoming seriously ill from a COVID-19 infection. The page includes reasons for that increased risk, and actions these groups of people can take to reduce that risk.
Released 9/20. American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) 94-page report provides information and results from a survey that investigated the experiences of participants who are blind or have low vision during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to determine how they were affected in areas that include access to transportation, healthcare, access to food and supplies, employment, education, and voting.
Fact sheets on prevention, managing the disease and special conditions (pregnancy, toddlers, school-aged children, adolescents) in 35 languages, all reviewed and vetted by physicians and medical school faculty members at the Harvard hospitals and freely available for download and distribution without copyright restrictions.
Spanish language materials from the American Public Health Association on workplace safety, knowing your rights, mass transit, travel, telehealth, public health workers, field and essential workers, mental health, communities of faith, school health, cleaning and disinfecting.
Updated 4/15/21. Center for Biocide Chemistries and American Chemistry Council's list of commercially available products that have been pre-approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency for use against emerging enveloped viral pathogens and can be used in the during COVID 19 outbreak.
Estimates % decay under customizable temperature and relative humidity for stainless steel and plastic, with nitrile coming "soon" tho no release date given for the stainless & plastic data. Hosted by Dept of Homeland Security. (Undated)