A short list of useful coronavirus resources

A short list of useful coronavirus resources

Believe it or not, the current coronavirus crisis is affecting Get Rich Slowly too. Things are slow around here. Traffic is down. Revenue is down. Production is down. Plus, I have a big deadline at the end of the month. My project for Audible and The Great Courses is due on March 31st.

So, just like the rest of the world, we're going to press “pause” for a couple of weeks. I will return next Wednesday with my annual birthday article, but you'll have to scroll down to see it. I'm going to pin this post to the top of the front page.

The break will allow me to focus my full attention on the FIRE course. Meanwhile, my partner Tom can work on behind-the-scenes stuff (including the nearly-completed site redesign!) without worrying that I'll mess things up haha. And, best of all, maybe we can get ahead on our publication schedule for once. We have two new staff writers. I have some articles planned. Tom has some articles planned. It would be great to resume in a couple of weeks with a backlog of material!

Note: During this break, I'll continue updating the “spare change” links on the front page and Jim and I will continue publishing Apex Money every weekday.

While we're on hiatus, I'll use this post to collect useful coronavirus resources. Some of this will be general info, but I'll also bookmark stuff related to personal finance and the economy.

I'm going to be very selective about what I list here. I'm only going to share the best of what I find. If you know of a resource that should be included, please share it in the comments.

General Coronavirus Information

First up, here's some of the best general coronavirus info I've found.

Our World in Data has an amazing page with coronavirus statistics and research. This is the best comprehensive resource I've found for coronavirus facts and figures. It features up-to-date info on growth and spread, plus other essential info. Here's a sample chart from the site.

The Financial Times, which keeps most of its material behind a paywall, is allowing free access to its own set of COVID-19 tables and graphs. I like these because a few of them are interesting and unique. A lot of people (including my ex-wife) are partial to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus dashboard. I find it to be a bit buggy and lacking in info.

You can find reliable info regarding the health aspects of COVID-19 at the World Health Organization coronavirus hub. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also have a useful COVID-19 info center. Also, Consumer Reports has created its own guide to the coronavirus.

The FluTrackers forum is collating coronavirus news from around the world, including news from each U.S. state. I've been using this coronavirus live dashboard for a week now, although I cannot vouch for the veracity of its data.

The Emory University school of medicine has created a quick and dirty coronavirus checker. (I've been feeling blah lately, but it's almost surely just my annual tree allergies. This checker gave me this result: “It is unlikely you have coronavirus.”) And, if you'd like to play with possible scenarios, this epidemic calculator uses a classical infectious disease model to project disease spread based on variables that you can tweak.

Epidemic calculator

Here are a few other articles and resources that you might find informative:

To fight misinformation about the current situation, check sketchy claims at Snopes (here are the Snopes search results for ‘coronavirus') or the World Health Organization coronavirus mythbusters page.

Coronavirus Financial Information

As I've written recently, this situation is going to wreak havoc on many families. The financial outfall of COVID-19 is likely to be severe. Here are some of the best resources I've found for tackling the money side of this situation.

Lastly, here's a podcast episode in which Brandon, the Mad Fientist, interviews J.L. Collins about the coronavirus stock market crash (and what to do about it).

Okay, that's it for now.

Although I know folks who have indeed contracted COVID-19, Kim and I (and our families) are currently healthy. I hope that you and your family are doing well too. See you on the other side.

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Eileen
Eileen
6 months ago

Thanks for doing this JD. I’m a psychologist who moved into public health a decade ago. I live in Scotland. We are in the midst of responding to our national situation. Things are going to be very tough for quite a long time. What we can do to support each other in our families, communities, nationally and internationally will be key to getting through this. Knowledge is power. London School of Economics and Tropical Medicine is beginning a free online short course through Future Learn (3 weeks, 4 hours per week) https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/covid19-novel-coronavirus

JanBo
JanBo
6 months ago

This young doctor has been spot on. Not political (well maybe a tad bit), just the facts.

I am struggling to get my family in the Southwest to take this seriously. They seem to be about five days behind us. There are so many good ideas moving in my tristate area (Six foot squares placed outside of grocery stores, farmers markets put in a large field with lines for the six foot movement area, mixed drinks in kid to go cups, making face masks out of old tee shirts). It seems silly at first, all of it.

Ron Cameron
Ron Cameron
6 months ago

I believe https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus may be my favorite new site. Thanks for sharing!

JoDi
JoDi
6 months ago

Another great site for help during the crisis:
https://findhelp.org/

Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life
Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life
6 months ago

Things have escalated so quickly in the past few weeks that I didn’t even have time to think or write about it until last weeks. I think traffic has dropped everywhere, some people are seeing isolation as an enforced vacation and have time to read but it seems like they’re the exception. Many of us are scrambling to make ends meet or to figure out childcare or keep up with work or dealing with all the stress.

May all the self isolation start to flatten the curve and reduce the effects of this scary time.

Janette
Janette
6 months ago
Stellamarina
Stellamarina
5 months ago

For some reason your last two posts are not showing up on my desktop computer but are showing up on my tablet. Also something wrong with comments too as just says 1 comment when there are lots

Life Outside The Maze
Life Outside The Maze
5 months ago

Great summary of resources and thanks for including a link to my internet home in your spare change. Much honored 🙂 Hey, remember when we hung out at fincon together and drank some beers on the patio…awwe the good old days when you could go places and do things with people. Hang in there and stay healthy

Laura Webb
Laura Webb
5 months ago

love the first chart! It is a great way to see how steep the curves in each country are. Thanks for sharing!!

Debra
Debra
5 months ago

Although it’s food related, this article from Budget Bytes is excellent for produce to stock up on during the pandemic – it’s all longer lasting produce. https://www.budgetbytes.com/

Amanda L Grossman
Amanda L Grossman
5 months ago

Hi JD!

I have a resource article (that I’m updating several times a week) with 197 Emergency Financial Resources for people. Here’s the link for you to check out and see if you want to include or not: https://www.frugalconfessions.com/extra-cash/emergency-financial-assistance/

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