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By Allan J. Bassler

Sources of Reliable Information about the Coronavirus and Covid-19

Series: Coronavirus | Story 74

March 26, 2020

The Herald is publishing as much local information as it can about the reaction to the coronavirus and COVID-19. The Herald’s niche is providing news about Morrisons Cove, so that’s what we are doing.

However, we cannot capture all the news about this event on our website. And, of course, none of us are experts on public health or diseases.

So in the interest of providing as much information as we can, the Herald has gathered several resources which are presenting reliable, responsible information about the virus, its spread and related factors.

Please consult these internet resources for information that you can count on. While social media is great for keeping in touch with friends and family, it often offers misleading and even dangerous advice about serious matters.

Likewise, gossip over a fence can be tantalizing, but it’s likely to be wrong.

So, please consult these sources and become well-informed.

One of the things that we can reassure you of is that you’re very unlikely to catch the virus from a newspaper – or from any object, even ones that have been mailed from places where the virus is prevalent.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.

Thanks for reading.


What’s that word mean, anyway?

Sources for the meaning of all these new coronavirus words being thrown around in the news media.

Some of these sites allow you to search by the first letter of the world you’re trying to figure out.

Very good basic guides

More complete guides


Editor’s Note: Many websites indicate the presence of a search box using what looks like a small tilted magnifying glass. Click on the magnifying class icon to open a search box. Then type the word you want to search for.

Conemaugh Nason

Go to and click on the “Coronavirus (COVID19) Preparedness Information” banner at the very top of the website.

UPMC Altoona

Go to and click on the “COVID-19 Update” banner.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Go to and click on the blue bar labeled “Coronavirus Information” under the main photo.

This site has excellent information about the presence of the virus in Pennsylvania, including a county-by-county count of confirmed cases.

Consumer Reports

Go to A panel with multiple articles takes up most of the landing page.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Go to

Click on the red box at the upper left of the landing page, labeled “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak”


Note: Most news media websites, like the Herald, do not require a subscription to read stories about the coronavirus.

Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Go to

Search for “coronavirus” using the search box at the upper right.

The PA Post

Go to

Search for “coronavirus” in the search box at upper right or click on the banner tab running across the top of the main photo.

The Washington Post

Go to

Search for “coronavirus” in the search box at the very upper left of the page.

The New York Times

Go to

Search for “coronavirus” using the search box at the very top left of the page.

Please send your favorite reliable information or news source recommendation to the Herald at [email protected]

Thank you. We’ll get through this together.


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