by Karsten Doan, volunteer contributor, American Red Cross North Texas Region
During times of uncertainty, it’s important to know what sources to trust. We’ve pulled together a list of reliable resources, you can turn to for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and provided ways you can help during this time.
Here are RELIABLE resources that you can visit to stay up-to-date with the current global pandemic:
According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 “is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.”
On March 22, Governor Abbott stated the State of Texas has had 566 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths.
Here are links to reliable websites to learn more:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Office of the Texas Governor| Greg Abbott
- The White House- Coronavirus
If you are feeling ill and are showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please call your primary care physician to determine what your next steps are or use one of the many teledoc services available.
If you need help with food, mental health support or other resources, please visit:
- 2-1-1: Texas Health and Human Services
- United Way
- North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA)
*Your child’s local school district may albo be offering mobile feeding that could benefit your family during this stressful time.
If you would like to help, here are a couple things you can do:
- GIVE BLOOD- The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Blood shortages can impact patients who need surgery, victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer. You can help by scheduling your appointment to give blood. To learn more, visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive near you.
- DONATE: Your financial support helps the American Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission nationwide, even during this public health emergency. Donations ensure the Red Cross can maintain a sufficient supply of blood to help patients in need and prevent any shortages. Donations are also used to make sure the Red Cross is able to provide critical relief services to people affected by disasters big and small.
Always remember, we are all in this together. The Red Cross will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to carry out our lifesaving mission.