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Insight: The Best Preparation? Arming Yourself with Good Information

By: Laura Summers

Note: The opinions expressed are those of the author alone and do not reflect an institutional position of the Gardner Institute. We hope the opinions shared contribute to the marketplace of ideas and help people as they formulate their own INFORMED DECISIONS™.

There are a lot of unknowns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), but one thing for certain is the daily flood of information we get about it through news, emails, social media, and chats around the water cooler. Some of this information is good and helpful, but it’s important to be able to sort out the good from the bad.

Here at the Kem C. Gardner Policy institute, our mission is to share economic, demographic, and public policy research that sheds light and helps people make INFORMED DECISIONS.™ And while we are not experts on infectious disease, we do believe in arming people with good information. Below are some key statistics, information, and resources about COVID-19. After all, “knowledge is your best preparation for a rainy day.”[i]

What is coronavirus or COVID-19?

  • Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.[ii]
  • COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.[iii]

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • Person-to