Here are some resources that I have found to be accurate and supportive in helping people manage information during this time. Click on the BOLD titles to be directed to these sites.
These little hummers are a great way to know what is going on with the virus in your community right now:
- King County Data Dashboard has several cool features, including "Daily Summary" where you can look to see how your city is doing and compare it to King County as a whole.
- The Washington State's Department of Health Data Dashboard is also very useful and gives more understanding to how we are doing in our region- what's working, and what isn't. Dashboards, as implied by their name, are updated regularly and give a "real time" picture of what is going on.
- Washington State's Covid-19 Risk Assessment Data Dashboard- similar to the Dept of Health's but with a focus on the Phases of Reopening.
- The famous/infamous IHME website is a wonder to explore. This dashboard focuses on modeling what might happen next for communites and states in the US as well as countries around the world. There is no place now that has not been affected by the virus. It is interesting to see how other are faring, and as usual, I like to see how we compare to our friends across the globe.
- UW Virology Data Dashboard: Want to know how many tests are performed at UW Virology? Here you go!
Check out these sites to get your Frequently Asked Questions answered:
- King County Public Health's Covid-19 Resource Page. What an abundance of information! As usual, the presentation of information is clear and easy to follow. This should be your "go-to" for questions both local and in general. We are very lucky to live in county that has such an organized and robust health department!
- Public Health Insider is King County Public Health's Blog. I am so into this resource for general issues in our community concerning health and they have added many posts regarding covid-19. What I like about it is that the information is brief, easy to understand, and inclusive to all the people who live in this county.
- SCAN! Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Study- came from the original Flu Study. Super-cool effort in our area to support the study and detection of covid-19 with self-administered tests that are mailed to your home.
- Los Angeles Apparel Masks: I recommend these because you can wear them around your neck (and therefore not lose them), they come in cool colors (hey, why not match your outfit?), they are easy to put on/take off without touching the mask, and they are comfortable. Also come in kids sizes.
- Free hand-sewn Masks may be found at Burien Press Coffee Shop on 152nd in Burien. If you have masks (home-made) to donate, this might be a good place to donate as well. I like this shop for many other reasons including great coffee, friendly baristas, and an owners that are active in helping the community.
- Headspace App for your smartphone or tablet: I'm so grateful for this app, especially when times are stressful- like now. This app has 4 sections: daily guidance and inspiration, meditation courses, sleep-focused audio, and movement classes. I tend to use the meditation and sleep sections the most and find the guidance to be of the best quality. Andy Puddicombe is the founder of this app and has done the serious work of sitting for years in meditation at various monastaries around the world (he has been ordained as a monk in the Tibetian tradition) and has dedicated his work now to making this practice accessible to everyday people.