By all means continue to read the New York Times for COVID-19 coverage, but as a healthcare professional let me recommend three other resources.
- Follow Helen Branswell on Twitter. Her bio: Helen Branswell, is the real thing: A reporter who has been on the beat for 20 years, including covering the SARS outbreak. As early as December 31, Branswell voiced concerns on Twitter about a mysterious new outbreak in China. Her Twitter feed has been a go-to source for dispassionate parsing of the research and news developments on the coronavirus, earning her almost 100,000 new followers since that initial tweet.
- Read Tyler Cowan’s daily blog – Bio: Tyler Cowen has a Ph.D in economics from Harvard University and is currently a professor of economics at George Mason University.
More importantly, he has decided to turn his substantial intellectual resources to disseminating information on the COVID-19 pandemic in a thoughtful and responsible manner, including setting up monetary prizes for solutions to problems facing healthcare workers.
- Listen to Michael Osterholm’s podcast interview with Joe Rogan. His bio: Dr. Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.
That’s it for now – tomorrow I’m back in the ER. Wash your hands, stay at home, and be safe.
Do what you can to help others, but don’t stop living and enjoying life. You’re not getting this day back.