Novel Coronavirus Guide

Here you will find a unique online guide, and a world leading medical information resource on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: Over 17,500 links carefully selected by a physician. Important links are highlighted with a star (*). The dramatic spread of COVID-19 has rapidly disrupted the quality of life and economy for all communities worldwide. Better World Info knows how important it is for you to get up-to-date and accurate knowledge about the pandemic.

Read the latest news, statistics and analysis on the coronavirus and its effect on global health and the economy here. Our English, German, Spanish and French links are categorized to give you quick and easy access to the facts and figures you are looking for. Get live insight to 380 virus experts via our extensive Twitter list. There are also topics covering home office, eLearning, financial aid, medical publications, mask usage, vaccinations and data collection apps.

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COVID-19 Vaccines

The first COVID vaccine in Europe became available in December already. In particular, the RNA vaccines from the companys Biontech and Moderna have proven to be very effective in initial studies. But a quick return to normal is not in sight for the time being. Because in order to achieve an effective herd immunity it will still take many months. Until then the wearing of face masks, keeping your distance and general hygiene measures still apply.

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Twitter List

Our Corona Twitter list now contains recommendations of 380 experts and health organisations - handpicked and compiled by a physician. This is the best resource to check for current developments in your home country and worldwide. Consult this list daily, stay ahead of politicians and the media and save yourself valuable time!

COVID-19 Twitter List
Mann im Labor, der mit einer Pipette unter der Werkbank arbeitet
State Public Health Laboratory in Exton - flickr

OMICRON Variant / South Africa - B.1.1.529

Serious global concern is spreading after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa. Declared by the WHO as a Variant of Concern (VOC) with a large number of mutations, and high reinfection risk. South African travel restrictions have already been put in place by many countries hoping to control the spread. Low vaccination rates in the country are especially concerning, as well as the effectiveness of current vaccines against this new B.1.1.529 strain.

OMICRON Variant / South Africa - B.1.1.529

DELTA Variant / India - B.1.617

Also known as the "double mutant", the B.1.617 variant of the SARS-CoV-2 was first identified in India in October 2020 and is now the dominant variant all over the world. 

DELTA Variant / India - B.1.617

School Lockdowns

School lockdowns have had a disproportionate and damaging effect on the learning opportunities and well-being of young people globally. They are further contributing to the widening learning gap between social classes. If governments and policy-makers do not find solutions to ensure adequate education for all, a generation of youth will bear the burden of these restrictions for years to come. 

School Lockdowns

Face Masks & Shields

An unthinkable requirement in many countries a few months ago, masks are now a law: supermarkets or public transport will not allow you to enter without one. Politicians argue about the extent to which the requirement to use a mask will help control the pandemic. However, there is no doubt that face masks & shields reduce the contagion of COVID-19 and should be worn in crowded places and indoors. They protect both, the user and others.

Face Masks & Shields
Two hands wearing blue latex surgical gloves hold a globe of the Earth wearing a blue surgical mask
Flickr | Marco Verch

Crisis as Opportunity

Restricted travel, stagnating economies and fear leaves us with few positives that can be drawn from the crisis. However good initiatives such as solidarity movements, flexible working models, more conscious consumption and better infrastructure created during the pandemic will likely remain. The crisis should be seen as an opportunity to redefine basic democratic values and social behaviours such as Medicare for All, Healthcare not Warfare, Universal Ceasefire, Climate Crisis and Green New Deal.

Crisis as Opportunity

Corona Apps

Corona apps are intended to help slow down the spread of the virus and collect important data for research. There are now a whole range of country-specific apps for contact tracing, quarantine monitoring, information and data collection. Questions remain on the user privacy of these app.  Will personal information be used to fight the coronavirus or will it be used by the pharma industry, surveillance and data analysts?

Corona Apps

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'Major Breakthrough':

South African Scientists Replicate Moderna Vaccine.

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Lessons learned!

COVID-19: Make it the Last Pandemic, by The Independent Panel.

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Democracy Now! - Coronavirus

Democracy Now! with daily reports and articles on the coronavirus disease

Dr. Celine Gounder

Hero of the Month

Dr. Celine Grounder and her Epidemic Podcast

Join American infectious disease physician and member of the U.S. Covid-19 advisory board every week. She goes beyond the headlines, delves into the science, and also the social impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The former U.S. Ebola czar and medical journalist discusses public policy, homelessness, vaccination, politics, and many other key issues with other health and disease experts. Excellent listen for those who want to understand the events that are currently shaping our lives.
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Featured Organisation of the Month

UN Women

UN Women have developed a special response to the coronavirus outbreak. They aim to reduce the negative impact it is having on women and girls, as well as creating a long-term and permanent recovery plan. They are focused on reducing violence against women, economic and social protection, supporting the equal sharing of care work, increasing women’s participation in covid-19 response and decision-making, and ensuring that data collection takes an inclusive approach. Take a look at their inspiring work here, and find many useful resources.

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Featured Online Resource of the Month

The British Medical Journal's Coronavirus Hub

Provided by the British Medical Association, the BMJ is a peer-reviewed medical journal who created this free covid-19 hub to support healthcare professionals, researchers and educators in their response to the pandemic. It is updated daily, and aims to assist with decision making and includes practical and clinical guidance, the latest news, courses, infographics, information on the vaccine rollout, and the latest research and journals.

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