Covid-19 Resources

There’s so much chatter about this novel virus. Here, we want to help you cut through the chatter and get straight to what you actually need and to the info you can trust. So we’ve put this page of resources together for you.
~ Joe, Walt, and the rest of the team

Stephen Goldstein Ph.D. on Covid-19

Recorded Thursday March 19, Released Friday Mar 20, 2020

Episode 184 of Talk Ultra is a Covid-19 special with Stephen Goldstein Ph.D. who is currently a postdoctoral researcher associated at the University of Utah Department of Human Genetics studying viral evolution, including the evolution and origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Talk Ultra is an ultra running podcast by Ian Corless. If you prefer listening, perhaps as you walk around in some fresh air, you might learn a lot in this is 1-hour interview between two very knowledgeable people.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The media is flooded with information, some fact and some rumor, about Covid-19. Rather than go crazy trying to keep up and figure it all out, you can go straight to page (and to WHO, the World Health Organization) listed next. This is where the CDC promises to “provide updated information and guidance as it becomes available.”

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — Situation Summary

CDC page, Testing for COVID-19

CDC logo

The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services.

It’s mission, per its website, is to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

World Health Organization — Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

When you want the worldwide facts of the situation, visit The Who website.
What you need to know, how to protect yourself, myths busted, travel info — and so much more.

Here’s the page to visit: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

WHO logoAbout WHO:
Their “primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. Our main areas of work are health systems; health through the life-course; noncommunicable and communicable diseases; preparedness, surveillance and response; and corporate services.”

Office of the Governor of California

Do you follow anyone on Twitter? If so you might want to follow the tweets from the Office of the Governor of California.

Testing for the virus

Wonder if you need testing? With the CDC and medical venues overwhelmed, tech is working to lighten their load and help you.

• Hey Siri

For the United States, Apple’s Siri can now respond to the questions “Do I have the coronavirus?” and “How do I know if I have coronavirus?”  Siri will ask you the screening questions. If you respond that you’re not sure, Siri will present apps that can help you. It will also direct you to call 911. (We have not told it yes to see if it presents the call for you.)

• Clara, the CDC’ online Coronavirus Self-Checker powered by Microsoft

To use it go to the CDC’s Testing page.

• Testing — the UrgentCare3D hotline

Walt wants you to know about as it’s local to many in So Cal — offices in Carlsbad, Palos Verdes, Rancho Santa Margarita, Orange, and Long Beach It’s the same screening and also for other medical.

Specifically about Covid-19…
Their Virtual Screening during which they decide whether you should be tested is $70 out of pocket. They do not have an option to bill your insurance for this.

If they determine you should be tested, you’d come into their office to be swabbed. LabCorp, their testing lab, and the lab for many doctors in the greater Los Angeles area is able to have people come in for direct testing but never for swab tests — and this virus requires a swab test. This is your second fee. They can bill this to your insurance.

The office will send your swab to LabCorp, which is a $51.31 fee, billed from and paid directly to LabCorp.


Travel and Flight info

AirfareWatchdog: How We’re Covering Flights, Fares, and Cancellations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Flight Cancellations by Region and Airline. Here, Airfare Watchdog does a good job of listing info and links to the sources.

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