Not at all craft related on this post and yes, it IS about that nasty fancy-flu that’s going about.
Restoring Balance Through Fact Checking
Whilst everyone else has been stock piling loo rolls, this was my goal.
Well, if like me, you were under a rock when this new fancy-flu thing all kicked off and you’re probably playing catch up in trying to fact find some info to help you make decisions about day-to-day life so, as I’ve been finding useful links I’ve been jotting the best ones down and instead of complaining about a lack of loo rolls or throwing conspiracy theories about, I thought that it would be productive and useful if I popped a bunch of these here to help you do the same.
*info updated 27.03.2020
UK Government Website
[Link] – Updated 27.03.2020 to link to the new dedicated area on the government’s website.
This is the official UK government website information portal for all things new-flu related.
There are links there to info about the illness, facts about current COVID-19 spread and guidance for various individuals, groups and businesses in terms of anticipated disruption and rights relating to employment and financial support.
This source is regularly updated.
Official NHS Website
This is the official website of the NHS, which for those that visit this blog from overseas, is a “free” – and highly regarded – nationwide health care service in the UK.
This site is particularly useful for understanding how to prevent the spread of the virus and what to do if you notice any symptoms in your or someone in your household and also who to contact.
This source is being reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
COVID-19 United Kingdom “Tracker” – Updated 27.03.2020
Operated by Public Health England, and sadly a little morbid, but this is a daily update on confirmed cases in the UK, broken down into counties and NHS regions.
I found this useful in avoiding taking the sensational headlines as gospel and to get a sense of perspective on the situation.
It is important to remember that this is based on confirmed and reported cases. What is not shown is the number of people that might be infected and not yet showing symptoms nor those that have it but remain unreported for any reason and therefore should be taken as a guide only.
COVID-19 Worldwide “Tracker“
Operated by Microsoft, for some reason, but populated by data from the CDC, the WHO and the ECDC – e.g. mostly top level world health and disease control organisations – this tracker shows reported active cases, reported recovered cases – which was a refreshing change to see that survivors are being reported – and then of course sadly the reported fatal cases.
It’s broken down by country, and now at the time of this update on 27.03.2020, some countries are broken down into separate regions and appears to be updated regularly but I couldn’t confirm how often. “Interestingly” they are even logging certain cruise ships as a “country” so that gave more perspective for me as to what this disease can achieve in a “mass gathering”.
Thankfully, at the time of updating this post on 27.03.2020, the recovered number STILL far outweighs the fatal. I don’t say this to lessen the severity of the situation, simply to offer a glimmer of hope.
Again, it is important to remember that this is based on confirmed and reported cases. What is not shown is the number of people that might be infected and not yet showing symptoms nor those that have it but remain unreported for any reason nor those that have not been catalogued within this data set and therefore should be taken as an overall rough guide only.
Ok, it’s just a few links but they really have helped me wade through all of the trumpet blowing, pandemonium fan-fares and panic buying and get to some key information and most importantly, some perspective, so I hope that they help you in this way too.
Anyway, I’ll sign off now and hope that this is the last time that I have to talk about this on this blog. In addition, I genuinely hope that you are all taking good care of yourselves, regardless of this situation at large, and are enjoying some creativity and play time.
Stay happy and above all, keep calm and carry on – but don’t touch each other. Lol!
All the best.