Updated Coronavirus Information

Testing of Individuals for Signs of Covid-19

COVID-19 Resources in Multiple Languages

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services provided resources regarding coronavirus which may be useful to English language learners and others in our community.

COVID-19 language is available as a pdf:

In Amharic
In Arabic
In Hmong
In Karen
In Somali

These resources were developed in Minnesota.

A Rohingya-language YouTube video is available along with a handwashing video.

The Centers for Disease Control has provided a tip sheet on stopping the spread of germs in 15 refugee languages.

Alert: Phishing Email Referencing CDC and Flu Pandemic

CDC security officials have been working with multiple law enforcement agencies to track a campaign of phishing emails claiming to be from the CDC that reference a flu Pandemic.

Coronavirus Stimulus Check Scams: What you need to know.

Do not give out your PayPal account information, Social Security number, bank account number or anything else if someone claims...

From our friends at Twin Cities PBS
Next Avenue - Where Grown-Ups Keep Growing

Tips on Dementia Caregiving in the COVID-19 Outbreak

How to keep loved ones safe and family caregivers healthy.

Next Avenue - Where Grown-Ups Keep Growing

Not Taking Covid-19 Seriously? Here's Why You Should

It's not okay to ignore the conventional wisdom of this pandemic because you’re not in a high-risk category or because you’re not afraid of getting sick.

Next Avenue - Where Grown-Ups Keep Growing

Retired Doctors Return to Work for COVID-19

With health systems stressed, some states are asking for all hands on deck.

Next Avenue - Where Grown-Ups Keep Growing

Coping with Mental Health Issues During the Coronavirus

Experts provide advice for some of the most common disorders

Covering Coronavirus Podcast

FRONTLINE’s Covering Coronavirus, a new podcast series, launches today with new reporting and insights from producers covering the unfolding coronavirus story from Northern Italy, to rural Ohio. Covering Coronavirus will go live later today, accessed wherever people listen to podcasts, or via The FRONTLINE Dispatch feed.

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For our younger audience members and their families...

How to talk to your kids about the coronavirus

How do you explain the concept of germs for kids to understand? Do you just tell them to wash their hands and hope they get the importance? When it comes to germs, it's important for kids to learn the facts in a digestible way -- one that's not too daunting. So how do you explain to them the coronavirus?

A quote by Mr. Rogers guides us through that challenging question: "Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.”

Here's a few tips to help navigate the conversation, courtesy of PBS Kids.

First, share age-appropriate facts and corrected misinformation

Second, reassure them that they're safe.

Third, emphasize simple things your family can do to be “germ busters” — for all types of germs that are out there, including hand washing, covering your cough and practicing healthy habits.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Elmo & Rosita: The Right Way to Sneeze!

Elmo and Rosita sing a song about the right way to sneeze.

More H1N1 (Swine) flu and seasonal flu info at http://www.flu.gov

This video was produced in partnership with the Ad Council and Sesame Workshop.

Resources from other PBS Stations

WUCF - Central Florida - Meet the Helpers

South Florida PBS - Coronavirus Live Report

You're Doing It Wrong

Are You Washing Your Hands Correctly?

Rating: NR

Keeping your hands sparkling clean? Odds are you're still doing it wrong!

Gross Science

How Far Do Sneezes and Vomit Travel?

Rating: NR

Germs can travel way farther than you might think.


When You're Sick, Rest is Best

Everyone gets sick sometimes, including Daniel and his friends.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes - Kids

Flu prevention starts with everyday preventive actions. Help kids establish healthy habits that help prevent the spread of germs.

What is COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new coronavirus that hasn't been previously identified. The virus causing COVID-19 isn't the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness like the common cold.

A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 isn't the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and treated differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis, the Centers for Disease Control said.

The CDC is updating its Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page regularly at noon, Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.

Where Did COVID-19 Come From?

The CDC said coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some of which cause illness in people, others cause illness in animals only. Rarely, coronaviruses that infect animals have infected people as well and can be spread between people.

This is what the CDC thinks happened for the virus that caused COVID-19.

"Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people," the CDC said.

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Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy.

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

Covid-19 Myths

There's a lot of information floating around about the Covid-19 coronavirus and not all of it is true.

MYTH: Wearing a face-mask will protect you from getting coronavirus.
FACT: A regular surgical mask will not prevent exposure because they leave space around the nose and mouth that can still allow you to be exposed to viral particles.

MYTH: The virus only affects older people.
FACT: People of all ages can be infected, however, older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

MYTH: Pneumonia vaccines and antibiotics can protect you against the virus.
FACT: Currently there is no vaccine to protect you against coronavirus and antibiotics are ineffective against viruses of any kind.

Try these go-to strategies when you’re feeling stressed:

  • Use your senses. What do you notice around you right now? Sights? Sounds? What sensations do you feel in your body? Paying attention to the details can help you reconnect with yourself.
  • Express yourself. Grown-ups have big feelings, too. Describe what you’re feeling, using specific words. Take deep breaths or move your body to relieve any anxious energy.
  • Give yourself a compliment. You are strong enough. You are flexible enough. You are patient enough—just as you are. When things start to get hectic, remind yourself that growing pains are a part of life, and we can learn from them.

Caring Reminders for Families During Stressful Times

Fred Rogers Productions and WETA Station Relations would like to share some tips from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhoodon how families, parents and caregivers can relieve children’s insecurities and fears during these stressful and challenging times.

  • Provide safe ways for children to express their feelings, such as drawing or telling stories.
  • Listen carefully to what your children are talking about. Acknowledge their feelings. Give them the words to describe how they feel such as, “It sounds like you’re feeling ‘scared,’ ‘unsure about what’s going to happen next,’ ‘sad,’ ‘angry.’
  • Remember to be calm and understanding when children are being clingy, whiny, or over active. Helping them regain control of their feelings reassures them that you are keeping them safe.
  • Keep routines as familiar as possible.
  • Minimize children’s exposure to media coverage.