The Covid vaccine finder from vaccines.gov is the best, easiest way to find a vaccine site near me. Just put in your zip code, and choose which types of vaccine you want – Pfizer, Moderna, and/or Novavax. Select adult or child. Names and locations of pharmacies, hospitals and other providers will come up. The site tells you whether they have the vaccine in stock or not, and may state available appointments. CVS, Walgreens, your local pharmacy, and many other providers are included. First dose, second dose and boosters. Authorized by the CDC. This might be the best website government ever created. Editor’s Pick.
Put in your zip code to see what the latest risk is for COVID and Flu. Site by Kinsa HealthWeather uses Johns Hopkins data and other modeling. Easy to use. Updated nightly.
Track the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with weekly situation reports by the World Health Organization (WHO). The three-year pandemic is no longer considered a public health emergency. Nonetheless, WHO continues to inform us through weekly updates on Covid-19. Updated August, 2023.
CDC (Centers for Disease Control), our US health authority, provides valuable information on the coronavirus disease, COVID-19. Find out what you should know to protect yourself, get situation updates, read information about travel and social gatherings. Read explanations of what the general public should be doing right now, based on updated conditions in your local community. Find out about getting vaccinated, boosted and staying up to date. Other helpful measures: washing your hands, avoid touching your face, avoid indoor crowds, maintain a six-foot distance between people, when to wear a mask in public, cover your cough, clean and disinfect surfaces, and monitor your own health – making sure you don’t go out if you have any symptoms. CDC is also an authority for healthcare professionals. The virus that causes COVID-19 is named SARS-CoV-2, for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. This new virus was formerly known as 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
The CDC Covid Data Tracker estimates the “omicron” subvariant EG.5 is now the most prevalent in the US, overtaking XBB1.16. As of August 5, 2023, Omicron (including its sub-variants) still comprise 100% of new cases. Vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, including against these variants. CDC’s state, county and community profiles regarding Covid trends can also be accessed from this website, through the “Data Tracker” section.
CDC final report in May 2023, of the numbers and percent receiving Covid-19 vaccinations. CDC reports 69.5% of the total population completed the primary series, nearly 230 million people. The percent who received the updated bivalent booster by May 10, 2023 was about 17% for ages 5 and up; 1 in 5 for the adult population ages 18 and up. Updated booster rate on age 65+ rose to 43%. Published May 11, 2023.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker mapped confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe. The dashboard showed number of cases and deaths from the coronavirus pandemic. The dashboard sunset March 10, 2023, after a full 3 years of tracking the pandemic.
As of March 10, 2023, 7:21am, 677 million COVID-19 cases were confirmed worldwide. Cumulative confirmed cases in the US neared 104 million. The US had nearly 960,000 cases in the prior 28 days, ranking #1 in the top 10 countries worldwide. The US ranked first on deaths, with 9,451 deaths in that time period.
There were 6.9 million COVID-19 deaths reported worldwide. The US reported the world’s highest death toll, 1,123,836 deaths as of the last report. At the time of the report’s sunset, CDC found that those who were up to date with their vaccines were 14X less likely to die from Covid than those who are unvaccinated. Over 13 billion doses of vaccine reportedly have been administered worldwide.
The last big wave of cases in the US lasted 7 weeks from Christmas 2021. The highest US record during the pandemic was 5.6 million weekly cases in the US, January 16, 2022. Since April of 2020, the US has led the world in number of deaths due to COVID-19. It exceeded 100,000 deaths on May 27, 2020; reached 200,000 deaths by Sept. 22, 300,000 on Dec. 14, 400,000 deaths on January 19, 2021, 500,000 on February 20, 600,000 on June 15, 700,000 on October 1, 2021, 800,000 on December 1, and 900,000 deaths on about Feb. 4. It reached the milestone million deaths in mid-May, 2022. The world reached a death toll of 6 million on March 7, 2022, adding 1 million deaths in just over 4 months.
The US was at 341 deaths per 100,000 population, with a case fatality rate of 1.1%. Brazil had the second largest number of reported deaths, with 329 deaths per 100,000, and a case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.9%. Mexico’s CFR is 4.5%, with 261 deaths per 100,000. Canada’s death rate (135 per 100,000 population) is about 60% lower than the US rate. Coronavirus disease is named COVID-19. COVID-19 disease caused by Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (formerly called 2019-nCoV). This tracking tool has provided a quick snapshot of how Covid is spreading.
The FDA, the federal Food and Drug Agency, provides updates on COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. The FDA regulates lab testing, drugs requiring approval, medical devices (like N95s and other personal protective equipment PPE) and vaccines. They post regular updates, sometimes multiple times per day. In addition, the FDA has listed a few of the likely many fraudulent products with claims to prevent, treat, mitigate, diagnose or cure coronavirus disease.
Numerous resources about handling coronavirus (COVID-19) cases for US hospitals, from the American Hospital Association (AHA).
New tracking tool, RESP-NET, by the CDC tracks trends in hospitalizations for flu and COVID-19. RSV hospitalizations also shown. Data comes from surveillance of what’s happening in 13 states. Can segment by age, sex, race. Launched in January 2023.
American Lung Association (lung.org) site includes extensive references for chronic lung disease such as asthma, COPD emphysema and chronic bronchitis, as well as lung cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and other factors, such as smoking, that affect the lungs. Special feature on e-cigarettes and vaping. The organization also maintains a HelpLine staffed by Registered Nurses and Registered Respiratory Therapists to answer your lung health questions at 1-800-LUNGUSA (or 800-548-8252). Or submit a question via online chat to the ALA. Regarding Covid, here’s what the Association says: “The majority of people recover from COVID-19 within a few weeks, but it can be life-threatening. Currently, four COVID-19 vaccines are widely available for everyone 6 months of age and older.” The American Lung Association has also developed a Support Community for Long Covid.
Study of CDI (c. difficile infections) in US hospitals showed CDI declined during year 1 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers compared pre-COVID (April 2019 to March 2020) with COVID (April 2020 to March 2021). CDI prevalence went down significantly from 12.2 CDI cases per 10,000 encounters, to 8.9 per 10,000. Inpatient costs however were about $2,000 higher per case – up about 19%. Inpatient mortality was also higher – 7.4% compared to 5.5% in the pre-Covid period. Study was based on a sample of hospitals from the Premier Healthcare Database. Published in the Open Forum Infectious Diseases, August 2022.
Surge capacity resource for hospitals looking at converting hotels in order to serve more coronavirus COVID-19 patients. Prepared by ASHE, the American Society for Health Care Engineering, through the American Hospital Association. This “COVID-19 Response Concept Study” identifies the types of patients suitable to this setting. It lays out a 10 to 14-day timeline to take advantage of hotel ballroom space for patient wards and guest rooms for for patients or staff. Conference rooms and meeting spaces become medication areas, mini-labs, nursing support and command center. Paper records may get chosen in lieu of unfamiliar (or impractical, given the timing) electronic record systems. This short resource guide covers a wide spectrum of dimensions. Very helpful overview, published April 2020.
The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care highlights the wide variations in how health care is delivered across the United States. The project is run by Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School. Online tool provides comparisons by geographic region (state, HSAs-Hospital Service Areas, or HRR-Hospital Referral Region) for Medicare healthcare use (data through 2015). While the tool is relatively easy to use, the conceptual understanding of the reports requires technical sophistication. A old timelapse map of the growth in COVID cases across the US during 2020 is also shown.
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) identifies factors that are expected to impact premium costs for individual plans in the Health Insurance marketplace for 2023. AHIP did not project increases for 2023. Instead, they identified factors such as increases in medical prices, increases in utilization, inflation, Covid-19, and insurance subsidies to make insurance more affordable. Published July 2022.
Hand Washing, Hand Hygiene video by the CDC. Take one minute to view the online youtube video for proper handwashing technique and guidelines to help prevent infections. CDC epidemiologist presents the basics – really fast. People often miss washing the thumb and index finger, as well as the finger tips on both hands. Plan to wash and scrub for 20 seconds, about as long as it takes to hum your favorite school fight song.
Extensive site by the CDC that covers travel injuries and illnesses abroad, vaccinations, health warnings and precautions, cruise ship and air travel, advice for pregnant women. See travel notices for COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic. While CDC does not generally issue advisories for domestic travel, it has written recommendations for travel inside the US. The website allows search by international destination location. Useful for missions and disaster relief, as well as avoiding unnecessary travel. Sections for Avian (bird) flu, Cholera, COVID-19, Ebola, Measles, Mpox, Polio, Yellow Fever, Zika and any new outbreaks CDC is monitoring. In addition, see linked advisories from the State Department. As of March 2023, there are do-not-travel advisories for 6 states in Mexico due to crime and kidnapping. Russia (whole country) is a do not travel location. Get reports on any country.
What coronavirus variants should I watch and what are they called? The World Health Organization (WHO) tracks this so you don’t have to watch. Omicron, including its subvariants and sublineages is the main line of monitoring. As of August 9, 2023, XBB 1.5, XBB 1.16 and EG.5 are the top “variants of interest”. In addition, WHO tracks multiple variants in the BA, XBB, and CH families of viruses.