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Phase 3--mask-wearing and physical distancing still required.
"Some people don't want any restrictions, but that's just not responsible," says Gov. Edwards. "COVID is not yet done with Louisiana." Click for details about Phase 3. Read the official proclamation here.
Air Conditioning and the Respiratory Coronavirus
Another reason to wear a mask in public buildings.
Coronavirus May Be Trapped Indoors
The CDC releases information about the continuing viability of virus particles in buildings.
Guidelines for COVID-19 Treatment
from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.)
How Virus Testing Works
PCR, pooling, sequencing, antigen, and contagiousness: a detailed comparative article from the Atlantic Monthly.
JHU Interactive Map of Cases, Recoveries, and Deaths
A real-time interactive map from Johns Hopkins University. According to the JHU virus tracker on July 1, more than ten million people have the disease worldwide; 512,689 have died. That's a mortality rate of almost 5%. About half of those with the disease have recovered from it.The rest would still have the disease or are not reported. (In the United States, the mortality rate has decreased to about 5%. Almost a third have recovered.)
An Overview of COVID Treatments and Preventions
A survey of scientific literature from the New York Times.
Rt--a measure of how many people become infected from one person with the disease
A site built by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram, and Tom Vladeck, a data scientist and owner of Gradient Metrics. (But they say their project is not affiliated with with either Instagram or Gradient Metrics).
Virus Viability, from the NAS
A basic primer, from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
Virus Viability on Books
from the Battelle Memorial Institute laboratory
What About the Air?
A respiratory virus is transmitted primarily through the air. Yet most preventive measures have focused on mask-wearing and sanitizing of surfaces. How clean is the air, and how might airborne virus particles be killed or removed?
Beware of rumors, panic, unsupported social media information, and other dangerous responses to the current situation. Use reliable sources for information: libraries, the University, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the coronavirus/COVID-19 site from Johns Hopkins University, and other sources you can be sure are current, reliable, accurate, authoritative, and not biased.
As more is learned about the novel coronavirus, some definitions and recommendations may change. Here is a rumor-control list from FEMA.
NewsGuard published a list of websites which have reported false or misleading information about coronavirus and COVID-19. A case in point: President Trump's recommendations of hydroxychloroquine and bleach.
Stay up to date with Northwestern State University's return -to-campus plan.
Here is Northwestern State University's virtual, online graduation ceremony page for May 2020 graduates.
Results from an LSU Survey of Public Reaction to Coronavirus in Louisiana, May 5, 2020: more than three-quarters supported the stay-at-home order and are staying at home.