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Survival Tips

In a very short period of time, our everyday lives have been completely disrupted because of the coronavirus pandemic. We have been closely watching the outbreak and its consequences since it started in Wuhan, China, and would like to help our East Tennessee community learn from the experiences of our friends, colleagues, and family members in Wuhan who survived this very difficult time.

We put together a set of slides for "Survival Tips" to help spread awareness of the many different ways that the pandemic is affecting our lives, including social media issues, home emergency preparedness, who to contact, issues with remote work and school, mental health challenges, suggestions for treating others and helping those less fortunate, and potential volunteer needs.

We hope that these slides are helpful for you and your family, and encourage you to share them with those you know to empower us all to more effectively deal with the challenges ahead.

If you are interested in volunteering to help as needs emerge, please click here to sign up with us for future opportunities.


Outbreak FAQs

To learn more about the Coronavirus 2019 Disease (COVID-2019), to find out how to reduce your risk of infection, and to get the latest updates and statistics on the local and worldwide outbreak, we suggest you visit the authoritative links given below. You can also call the Knox County Health Department Coronavirus hotline at 865-215-5555.

The US Center for Disease Control, in cooperation with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, released (on 3/09/2020) through their "coronavirus.gov" webpage, two very important documents on dealing with the outbreak that they urge everyone to read and follow. The first document is their official guidance on how to keep your workplace, home, school, and commercial business safe. The second document is their recommendations for protecting communities.

If you feel sick and wish to find your closest health center and get tested for coronavirus, please visit this link.
Do not visit your local hospital emergency room, to avoid risking contamination of our hospital personnel. Please click here to see the different symptoms of COVID-2019, the flu, and allergies/hayfever.

The World Health Organization has also distributed recommendations to reduce your risk of infection: Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or with soap and water; Maintain a distance of 3 feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing; Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze; Seek medical care if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing; Stay home if you feel sick; and Follow the directions of your local health authority.

Please check back on this page for future releases pf relevant information on the outbreak, and especially check the links below, to help keep yourself, your family, and your community safe.

Authoritative Coronavirus Links: Knox County

    "Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)", Knox County Dept. of Health (updated daily)

Authoritative Coronavirus Links: Tennessee

    "Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) [Tennessee Testing Results]", Tennessee Dept. of Health (updated daily)

    "COVID-19 Tennessee Weekly Situation Summary", Tennessee Dept. of Health (updated weekly)

Authoritative Coronavirus Links: U.S.

    "Coronavirus Disease 2019 Situation Summary", US Center for Disease Control (updated daily)

    "Coronavirus Disease 2019" - "coronavirus.gov", US Center for Disease Control (3/13/2020)

    "COVID-19 in US and Canada" [Statistics], 1Point3Acres (real time updates)

    "COVID-19, MERS & SARS", US National Institute of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (3/02/2020)

Authoritative Coronavirus Links: World

    "Q&A on coronaviruses", World Health Organization (3/09/2020)

    "Coronavirus disease advice for the public", World Health Organization (2/26/2020)

Other Related Links:

    "Coronavirus case detected in Tennessee: First patient is quarantined in Williamson County", The Tennesseean (3/05/2020)

    "Two East Tennessee residents aboard Diamond Princess test positive for coronavirus", USA Today (2/19/2020)

    "How to Prepare for Coronavirus", Washington Post (2/26/2020)

    "Coronavirus Infections", North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services (2/26/2020)



Impact: Local and Remote

The coronavirus pandemic is having severe health, economic, and emotional impacts around the world. Each day brings more serious impacts in the U.S.: lives have been lost; businesses closed; major events cancelled; travel for work or family delayed or cancelled; and the stock market has dropped dramatically, negatively impacting the economy and our retirement accounts.


The World Health Organization is publishing daily situation reports that give the latest statistics on the outbreak. Visit this link for real-time updates for statistics in the U.S. and Canada.


Online Art Gallery

East Tennessee Cares has created a Special Online Art Gallery to brighten, inspire, and unite our community during this crisis! We invite you to create drawings, paintings, photos, or any kind of art using supplies around your house, and submit them to our Gallery so the world can see. Please visit the Gallery to view the submitted works. We will print some of the submissions and send them to those most in need!

  East Tennessee Cares