Data is a vital component in helping governments, healthcare organizations, other business sectors, and agencies like COIS in our battle against COVID-19. It is essential for us to have a trusted source of data and statistics. But not all data is created equal and often databases are incomplete or the data might be collected by organizations that have a conflict of interest.  

There is also a lack of alignment among the players fighting the spread of the coronavirus when it comes to what is being measured and compared. Our government, for example, is one of them. And all too often governments and nations are too quick to point the finger at each other and do not have human best interest at heart. All of that contributes to uncertainty and inconsistency, which during a world pandemic, creates fear and mistrust. 

Because federal, state, and local governments, organizations, and even small companies like COIS use data to understand situations and make informed decisions, it’s even more critical that we remember that all data is not created equal. Inaccurate data is everywhere. Individuals, too, must keep this in mind as well and should always research resources!

With that in mind, we wanted to share some of the resources we use here at COIS to obtain data and information so that you can stay informed as well. Click on any of the links below to be taken directly to each website. 

California’s COVID-19 Hotline

California Department of Public Health

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California Department of Developmental Services

American Red Cross

Covid Act Now