The world today is faced with an unprecedented situation that has completely rocked us all. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this is ‘World War III’, except that we’re battling an invisible opponent in the form of a virus. Another important difference here is that this isn’t a fight for global dominance or power, rather this is a fight for survival.
With everything that has been happening around the world, it gets overwhelming at times to keep up with news and follow the right sources, and one often gets lost in the sea of articles and blogs that discuss the pandemic.
More importantly, it is the wildfire-like spread of fake news that makes our lives all the more difficult.
In an attempt to make things easier for you and save you loads of time, we compiled a list of smart articles that you should read as well as some trusted and verified sources that you should follow for Coronavirus related updates and news.
Articles To Read
We wouldn’t bore you with the basics. We’re all aware of what this virus is. The concept of social distancing is one that has been gaining a lot of attention recently. Besides, the term “flattening the curve” has been consistently trending on social media.
What is “flattening the curve”? Hold on, what even is the curve that we’re talking about here? Here’s an article that best illustrates the concept of social distancing and “flattening the curve” –
Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” by Harry Stevens, published on The Washington Post.
With real-time simulations that describe the situation perfectly, it is the perfect article to educate someone on the concept of ‘social distancing’.
Stressing on the same concept is another article, this time a detailed one that also covers the global situation.
Coronavirus: Why you must act now by Tomas Pueyo, published on Medium.
Moving on, the next article is by far the most important article that I’ve personally come across in the past week. Although a long read, this is every bit worth your time as it covers all the important aspects including policy actions taken by different countries to counter the virus.
Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance by Tomas Pueyo, published on Medium.
With lots of charts, data, and models included in the article, it is an extremely well-written article that deserves your time and attention.
In the Indian context, the next article covers some important details that are worth taking a look –
Predictions and role of interventions for COVID-19 outbreak in India by COV-IND-19 Study group, published on Medium.
Lastly, discussing the economic impact of the virus on the Indian economy and the options that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has at its disposal is this article –
Coronavirus Response: RBI’s Nuclear Options by Ira Dugal, published on Bloomberg Quint.
While reading the right articles is important, it is more important to educate others around you. This includes your parents and grandparents, for whom the only sources of news are often WhatsApp. Sit with them, discuss the situation with them and educate them.
Sources To Follow
Talking about sources, it is easy to be misled by fake news and unverified sources. Thus, here’s a list of trusted, verified sources that you should follow to update yourself with the latest happenings around the world –
For all the latest updates and notifications from the Government of India, including the numbers –
- Government of India’s official Telegram channel
- Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India’s official website and Twitter account
For the latest updates around the world –
- World Health Organization’s special page on coronavirus
- World Health Organization’s official Twitter account
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s official website
Finally, here are some sources that should NOT be trusted –
- WhatsApp forwards, including images and videos that claim to have finished the problem of coronavirus
- News updates by unknown/unverified publications
We urge everyone to stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19 and follow basic protective measures and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, STAY INFORMED.
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Sources: This blog is the author’s own compilation of the best articles and sources available, the links of which are already attached above
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