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  • Kelsea Jones


Updated: Apr 22, 2020

What's the Situation?

For current information about coronavirus in the United States, visit the CDC's Situation Summary.

For current information about coronavirus in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority or Senator Jeff Merkley's Coronavirus Resource Page.

To learn a little bit more about the virus, watch this PSA video from Vietnam.

Background Reading

Read more about coronaviruses on the Library databases. Contact us for database passwords.

Fisher, Dale, and David Heymann. “Q&A: The Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Causing COVID-19.” BMC Medicine, vol. 18, no. 1, Feb. 2020, p. 1. EBSCOhost,

Milstein, Randall L. “Coronaviruses.” Magill’s Medical Guide (Online Edition), 2020. EBSCOhost,

Fact Checks

Did you see this tweet floating around social media this week? It's false!

Image text: Hand sanitizer is anti-bacterial. The coronavirus is a virus. A bacteria and a virus is not the same. Wash your hands. Sanitizer will do nothing for the coronavirus. Sincerely, A scientist that is tired of this shit

According to PolitiFact, hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol content can help kill the coronavirus, as it is an "enveloped virus." This means it has a lipid membrane that is sensitive to alcohols and virucidal disinfectants. The lipid membrane is also what makes its spread containable by hand washing. Do both!

While we're on the subject of hand washing, it's time to learn how to do it properly.

We'll add more information as it comes available!

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