#COVID19 SciComm Resource Page for the Capital Region

The COVID-19 disease pandemic is changing the world as we know it. Every single one of us must treat this disease — and the public health orders being given by government officials — as seriously as life and death.

To combat this virus, we all must embrace a respectful fear of this virus — local actions have global consequences. We can do this together through three simple practices:

  1. Educating ourselves with trusted, accurate information.
  2. Translate this trusted info with context for friends and colleagues.
  3. Learn to identify rumors and misinformation and call them out.

This resource page is an attempt to curate resources that can help all of us better communicate COVID-19 science and news, at work or at home, with focus on Sacramento region contexts wherever possible. The information presented here are NOT a substitute for official news and orders from local, state, federal, and other authorities. We will curate and update this resource as frequently our volunteers are able (bylines in footer).

Scroll down for the following sections:

  • Government Info Portals
  • Explaining COVID-19 Basics
  • SciComm Best Practices
  • Spotting Misinformation
  • Supporting Media Professionals
  • Supporting Kids at Home

This page and its subpages were last updated: April 20, 2020

Government Info Portals

A shelter-in-place order is currently in effect for the entire State of California. (Source: Governor of California, March 19, 2020)

Sacramento County has issued an updated legal order with additional sheltering restrictions. (Source: County of Sacramento, April 7, 2020)

Explaining COVID-19 Basics

When will the initial peak for COVID-19 infections hit California and the Sacramento region specifically?

How is the swab testing done?

  • UC Davis Health: “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing: What You Should Know” (Updated March 17, 2020) Includes visual graphics and video (produced in 2009 by the New England Journal of Medicine) demonstrating the use of 6-inch long swabs entering through the nose to sample deep within the nose/mouth cavity.

Why is protecting our hospital capacity a top justification for home isolation measures?

What does COVID-19 do to your body? How complicated is COVID-19 treatment and rehab?

Why wash your hands with soap? Or why use hand sanitizer?

What is the deal with masks?

New scientific findings seem to come out everyday. Which do I report on?

What might long-term scenarios look like to fully combat this pandemic?

  • The Atlantic: “How the Pandemic Will End” by journalist Ed Yong (March 25, 2020) A detailed explanation of the current pandemic trajectory in the United States, and possible outcomes according to different scenarios of action or inaction.

More resources to be added soon.

SciComm Best Practices

Communications Tips

Journalism Tips

Reporting with Sensitivity and Enterprise on Race and Diversity and COVID-19

Local Information Events

Spotting Misinformation

Supporting Media Professionals

Philanthropic and Financial Assitance

Professional Assistance

Supporting Kids at Home

Bylines: Links on this page and its subpages are suggested by CapSciComm volunteers. Edited by Ben Young Landis.