Where to get reliable Covid science information – resources I use

There is lots of news about COVID-19, especially new therapeutics or vaccines. But I always check out what I hear at the resources below. I use resources for both the general public and for scientists. Where to get reliable Covid science information is very important. Updated 12-23-20

What I include in this blog

Below are the resources I use regularly in this blog, and consider the most reliable, including fact checking. They are links for the general public and are not too technical.

All my writing and speaking has always been NPA: No Politics Allowed. Some of the references have occasional “political” discussions in the material. You can just not listen or scroll past those comments.

Since I am a scientist, I look for the technical side of what is happening. I want to know the source so I can check it out. For example, a common question from my friends is can you get infected twice. I finally found the primary source at that time: a study in South Korea, which I referenced in my blog.

I sometimes reference technical science information, especially to the original study or data. I always read them myself before including a link.  

Always check dates!!

Always, always check the actual date of the original research study, podcast, article, etc., not just the day it was published. Covid information is changing on a daily, even hourly. For example, an article written today may have old information. Or, an interview or podcast may have been done several months ago but not written about until today. In this blog, I always reference both the date it was published and, more importantly, the date of the original material, research study, interview, etc. in the first paragraph of my post.

Sometimes the link will tell you the date published, especially for articles. Blog posts usually have the date published on the post, bottom or top of the post. Check for any updates. Now that I have shifted from Covid articles to this blog, I always put the most recent date updated.

Google date tips: to sort by date, go to “tools” on the right side, then go to “any time” below on the left

News sources I use every day

My primary general news and information source is Apple News on my iPad. I can “curate” or select where I get my information (magazines, web sites, etc.) I have an Apple+ paid subscription, but it is not necessary for most people. If I subscribe to a publication it includes all the articles in Apple News.

I subscribe to many news sources by email. For example, my local daily newspaper sends lots of email notices 24/7.

Podcasts I listen to

I like podcasts because interviewees tend to be more candid than when writing. I have done a lot of writing and speaking. When I speak, I always let the audience know that sometimes what I say has never appeared in print. When I write about the same subject, it is not the same as more informal speaking. I have never used a written script when speaking.

I usually listen to podcasts when doing my morning exercising and when driving.

I subscribe to these podcasts that have interviews and comments:
My regular favorites are Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction, Bloomberg’s Prognosis: Coronavirus, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A. For the other podcasts, it depends on the topic.

  • Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction Hosted by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta Interviews analysis. Every weekday. Short, about 10-15 minutes. Good interviewer and interviewees. Popular Covid topics.
  • Bloomberg’s Prognosis : Coronavirus – Good covid popular topics and discussion. About 10-15 minutes.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&A by JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) Network. Length varies from 10 to 40 minutes. Once or twice a week. Good references. Good interviews with experts.
  • Osterholm Update Covid-19 Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). He speaks on various Covid topics. Typically once a week. About 45-60 minutes. Good speaker. Not too technical.
  • Epidemic with Dr. Celine Grounder Usually multiple speakers for 20-40 minutes. About once a week. Good topics.
  • Public Health On Call – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Usually 10-20 minutes about once a week. The number of interviewees varies from one to 4. Popular topics.
  • In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt. Can be a bit “chatty” like some other podcasts, but has some good interviews. He served as Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2015-2017. Wide variety of interesting interviewees. Topics include political, long-haulers, etc. Tend to be about 40-60 minutes long. About once a week. Has some ads. Money goes to Covid relief. I purchased the face masks and love them. The most comfortable I have ever worn, reusable, and recyclable.
  • Other podcasts I subscribe to sometimes have podcasts on Covid, but those above focus on it. I sometimes include links to the most relevant of these podcasts in my blog posts.

See which podcasts you like.

Email newsletters I subscribe to and read regularly

     See which one(s) you like. They are all fact checked and reliable.

I subscribe to many other email newsletters, but those above focus on Covid. I sometimes refer to these other newsletters if there is good Covid information. Where to get reliable Covid science information is very important. There is lots of dis-information.

Web sites and free Covid articles

You can also go to the web sites of the podcasts above.

Local and state news sources important now because the states decide virus distrution – who, what, when and where.

I read lots of local and state news. The 8 Bay Area counties and one city where I live had the first shelter in place order March 17, 2020.

California’s Governor Newsom sometimes does daily, and always does weekly updates. Many governors are good sources of reliable news.

My city has a weekly newsletter with information and stats on my city, such as the number of cases, local government efforts to support small businesses, changes in what is allowed regarding “reopening”. I subscribe to my local newspaper, which has daily email updates on breaking news, plus a daily print and digital newspaper.

Local television news can also be  a good source, but segments are short and they tend to give only the headlines. I prefer more detailed information.

What does this mean for you? There is lots of misinformation out there

The amount of news on COVID, from many sources, is almost overwhelming. Be sure you use a reliable source. There is a lot of misinformation. I only use news media that fact check.

Google is good at filtering out unreliable information from the top of the results.Dates are very im I had some difficulty registering my domain name, covidscienceblog.com because my domain name registrar was worried I would have misinformation. I signed a liability agreement that I would be liable for any misinformation on my blog.

Google date tips: to sort by date, go to “tools” on the right side, then go to “any time” below on the left

See if any of the other publications or podcasts you like have reliable information. Many publishers with paid newspapers and magazines offer free information to everyone on coronavirus, including my paid monthly Appraisal Toda newsletter.

Use snopes.com or your favorite fact checker web site to see if a rumor you have heard is misinformation