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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

In light of the ongoing spread of Covid19, the latest coronavirus outbreak, the Library is offerring informational resources.  This page will be updated daily.

This list will be updated regularly with additional information 


Finally, above all else, it is important to keep a clear head.  Hand sanitizers that contain >60% alcohol are effective at disrupting the viral envelope, but nothing is better than vigorous hand washing.  The video below starkly demonstrates with easy visuals how important it is to be thorough when you wash your hands in order to be effective.



The best way to combat the dangers that coronavirus pose is to help keep the medical infrastructure from being overloaded rapidly.  By slowing the spread of the virus, although hospitals may eventually treat the same total number of cases, they will not have to attempt to do so all at once.  Overtaxing the capacity of hospitals and clinics results in fatalities due to insufficient medical resources for symptoms that could be more easily treated in less overburdened times.  So remember to avoid exposure when possible, and, because someone could be a symptom-free carrier for almost a week before falling ill, wash your hands frequently to kill any virus you may have been exposed to

Stay healthy.  And if you are self quarantined, we recommend John M. Barry's excellent book on the 1918 Spanish Flu, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.