We can’t give you the latest news on the coronavirus because Nutrition Action goes to press weeks before it shows up in your mailbox. How to keep up to date? Here are three websites that will help. So will CSPI’s evidence hub, which compiles links to sites that track Covid-19 research (cspinet.org/covid-19-evidence-hub).

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Johns Hopkins covid map
Watch a video showing cases accumulating worldwide, and more.

Like scientists and policymakers, you can keep track of the latest info on the virus. Among the features:

  • Covid-19 basics. What to do if you feel sick, which symptoms are most common, myths about the virus.
  • Covid-19 case tracker. Daily updates show U.S. and global cases and deaths.
  • Maps & trends. What does the pandemic look like in your state? Is the number of new cases per day rising or falling? What percentage of tests are positive?
  • Testing. What the different Covid-19 tests can—and can’t—tell you.

New England Journal of Medicine

Read the latest studies on Covid-19, watch a video of a sneeze, and more.

Want to stay on top of some of the best new Covid-19 research that doctors and scientists are reading about? Check out the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the world’s most respected medical journals. Though it’s aimed at physicians, some of its content may interest you.

For example:

  • The latest research. How accurate are tests to see if you have or had the virus? What can help you decide if it’s safe to go back to work?
  • Videos of coughs, sneezes, etc. See the aerosols created by a cough or mouth as they say “stay healthy,” with and without a mask.
  • Videos of meetings. Watch a 2020 symposium on Covid-19 held with experts from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Many other leading scientific journals—like the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Nature and Science—are also making Covid articles free during the pandemic.

Federal Trade Commission

Scammers are offering Medicare come-ons or Covid testing kits to get your Social Security number.

The FTC can help you dodge scams and get assistance. Learn about:

  • Health scams. Phony testing kits, treatments, and vaccines.
  • Financial scams. Info on robocalls or emails about relief checks, health insurance, Medicare, or Social Security.
  • Financial help. How to get help with unemployment benefits, mortgages, car payments, debt collectors, etc.

You can also see warning letters that the FDA has sent to companies marketing bogus products that claim to prevent or cure Covid-19.