March 13, 2020

Coronavirus in NC

Last week, I didn’t include anything in Friday@Five about COVID-19 because I generally try to stay away from “viral” (no pun intended) news and articles. This week, however, there is so much information floating around and things are happening so fast, I wanted to compile a list of resources I’ve found helpful in understanding what is going on. We’ll return to regularly scheduled programming (hopefully) next week!

What’s happening with schools? The EdNC team is compiling the latest information on school closures, delays, and extended learning in this article that we are updating daily. We are also updating this article daily with breaking news, resources for educators, and advice for staying healthy.

What to do if you think you have it? NCDHHS stated that only those who meet the criteria below should call their doctor or local health department to see if they should be tested:

  1. Have fever or lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within the past 14 days
  2. Have fever and lower respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) and a negative rapid flu test

CDC guidelines for preventing others from getting sick.

What is social distancing? You’ve probably heard a lot about practicing social distancing, but what does that actually mean? The Atlantic published a helpful article, “The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Distancing,” that I recommend you check out.

Other resources: Many publishers like the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Raleigh News & Observer have dropped their paywall on coronavirus stories, so check out their websites to stay up-to-date on national news, and check out North Carolina Health News to stay up-to-date on what’s happening locally.

  • To stop a coronavirus quarantine recession, economists say send everyone cash—now

    Fast Company | 03/12/2020

  • Journalism’s Market Failure is a Crisis for Democracy

    Harvard Business Review | 03/12/2020

  • What Does a Screen Do?

    Slate | 03/10/2020

  • The Mystery of the Missing Bus Riders

    The Upshot | 03/13/2020

  • The World Changed Its Approach to Health After the 1918 Flu. Will It After The COVID-19 Outbreak?

    Time | 03/07/2020

  • Three ways to address affordable housing beyond subsidies

    UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | 03/12/2020

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