Lockdown – talk to your family about this

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Difficult times ahead.

There are going to be hard decisions for medical personnel, and for many of the rest of us.

You can help now. Talk calmly and realistically with your family and friends about what they and you want if any of you become seriously ill during this crisis.

This article will help you:



Covid-19 information from experts

With so many rumours swirling around, it’s good to have access to some people who have reason to know their bit of the puzzle, and are cross-checking with other experts.

The Conversation is a growing collection of short pieces by experts in their field. In each case, they state their affiliations and any funding they may have received. At a time when so much “information” is PR and disinformation dressed up. This is really refreshing 🙂

It covers many different areas, but currently obviously focuses on the coronavirus, its impacts, how people are tackling the problems, and the longer-term implications for us all.

As ever, being expert doesn’t automatically make you right, and no-one can really predict what will happen with a virus as new as this.

At the same time, scientists all over the world are finding out more at an astounding rate, and sharing this information with everyone. There will be lots of dead ends, and ideas that turn out not to be true, or not to work. But we’re immensely lucky that this has come at a time when we have the communications technology to make this work.

The same technology makes it possible to share the rumours, of course, so when someone rings you excitedly with the latest weirdness, maybe suggest to them that they read a bit on this website, before passing it on!


Covid-19 course starts today

COVID-19: Tackling the Coronavirus is a free course from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Understand the emergence of COVID-19 and how we respond to it going forward

The world is paying close attention to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, following its emergence in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.

With the outbreak of a novel coronavirus declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, people worldwide are working to address it. On this course, you’ll learn the latest of what we know about COVID-19, presented by international experts.

The course is intended for “those working in around health, or anyone interested in how we should respond to the outbreak”.

It runs for 3 weeks, on the FutureLearn.com platform. While it starts today, you’ll be able to join at any time. Access is free, and will stay available.

There are translations in Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian.