News: Apps & Resources to Follow for Coronavirus News Updates

Apps & Resources to Follow for Coronavirus News Updates

With the whirlwind of noise surrounding the COVID-19 virus sweeping the nation, it's not hard to default to panic mode. One of the best ways to avoid panicking, however, is to follow trusted sources of information and avoid all of the opinions and trolls that don't reflect reality.

We've put together a collection of resources for you to follow to say up to date on all things COVID-19. These sources range from official state and federal resources, like the CDC, to news organizations like NPR and The New York Times. Put together, you can stay informed on the new coronavirus pandemic — without being bogged down by typical social media nonsense.

Keep Track of Confirmed Cases in Your State

Below, you'll find a list of all 50 states' official COVID-19 pages, complete with updated information about the number of cases confirmed in each state, if available. At the top of the list, you can see the nationwide count via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Social Accounts You Should Follow for Updates

If you're addicted to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, there are a ton of great resources to follow to get updates as they become available, whether it's nationwide or global. Here are just a few of the big ones:

American Red Cross

BBC News (World)

CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)


Fox News

HHS (US Department of Health & Human Services)

NBC News


The New York Times

US Surgeon General

The Wall Street Journal

The Washington Post

WHO (World Health Organization)

Android & iOS Apps to Help Keep You Informed

If you'd rather check an app on your phone to get coronavirus updates, here are some of the best news and health-related apps to keep you in the know:

Apple News

As its name would suggest, Apple News is only available on Apple devices. That said, if you do have an iPhone, it's a fantastic news aggregator, offering personalized feeds and even a premium option (Apple News+) should you wish to pay for it. The free version is more than enough for most, however, and will help you keep track of all the latest COVID-19 news.

BBC News

The BBC is the UK's major public TV network, and its news outlet, BBC News, is world-renowned for accurate, fair journalism. You can trust that BBC News will offer up-to-date information on the new coronavirus and COVID-19 as it comes in.


The CDC's app will allow you to focus on CDC news and alerts without the distraction of other topics, tweets, and so on. Apple users aren't necessarily thrilled with the iPhone app, but give it a shot if you want a CDC-exclusive feed.

CNN: Breaking US & World News

CNN has been operating in the US since 1980. While most people know it as a major cable news outlet, you can read CNN articles like any other publication. Check out CNN's app if you're looking for CNN-exclusive coverage.

First Aid - American Red Cross

The American Red Cross provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and educates the public on emergency preparedness. The American Red Cross' first aid app comes packed with life-saving information on what to do in an emergency. Make sure to consult this app if you ever need to treat yourself or someone at home.


Flipboard is a unique take on news aggregation. Instead of displaying all of the stories in a usual timeline, you "flip" through stories that are personalized to your tastes. When you find a story you like, you can simply jump right into reading it.

Fox News

Like CNN, Fox News is known as a 24/7 cable news network that also publishes its own articles for the public to read. If you want to keep up with Fox's COVID-19 coverage, you can download the app on your phone.

Google News

Google News is Google's news aggregator. Like Apple News, it's easy to follow along to breaking news, as well as create a personalized feed of stories that matter to you. If you're on Android, you likely have the app installed already. But in either case, it's easy to download on both platforms for free.

NBC News

NBC News includes both NBC News and its 24/7 cable news operation, MSNBC. Together, you get an extensive and complete list of NBC articles. If you're an NBC News fan or want to check out their coverage, download the app on either iOS or Android.


NPR (National Public Radio) is a public radio station and news outlet. Some prefer a public news organization for its lack of advertising or reliance on parent companies. In addition to reading its articles, you can also tune into NPR's always-free radio streams to listen to its coverage of COVID-19.

The New York Times

The New York Times is a long-standing newspaper based out of, you guessed it, New York City. It's not just about NYC news, however — The New York Times covers everything, including COVID-19.


News360 is a personalized news aggregator that learns what you like as you use it. It also features audio briefings, to keep your news consumption focused and engaging.


Say what you will about Twitter, it's a great place to keep up with breaking news if used responsibly. If you avoid the pundits and trolls and follow experts and reputable news organizations, you'll be the first among your peers to know about any coronavirus updates.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is another long-standing newspaper, known for its economic coverage. That said, it's also a great resource for all things COVID-19 and likely among the best for reports on how the disease is affecting the economy.

The Washington Post

Guess where The Washington Post is based out of? It's not as obvious as The New York Times, but its pretty close. This DC-based publication is a reputable source for news of all-stripes, including COVID-19. It also happens to have a fantastic TikTok, as well.

Gadget Hacks App Roundups

We're putting together roundups of apps that will help you get through the COVID-19 pandemic. We'll keep the list below updated as we add more roundups to our collection.

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