COVID-19 Resources

Below are critical resources for you to review during the COVID-19 outbreak affecting Washington residents like you.

COVID-19 Resources for Individuals

COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits

COVID-19 Toolkit 


Influenza (“the flu”) and COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, are both infectious respiratory illnesses. Although the symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu can look similar, the two illnesses are caused by different viruses.

As of Mar. 2, 2020, the flu is showing much more of an impact on Americans than COVID-19. You can find up-to-date information on COVID-19 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Similarities: COVID-19 and the Flu

  • Both cause fever, cough, body aches, fatigue; sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Can be mild or severe, even fatal in rare cases.
  • Can result in pneumonia.


  • Both can be spread from person to person through droplets in the air from an infected person coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • A possible difference: COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route (see details below under Differences).
  • Flu can be spread by an infected person for several days before their symptoms appear, and COVID-19 is believed to be spread in the same manner, but we don’t yet know for sure.


  • Neither virus is treatable with antibiotics, which only work on bacterial infections.
  • Both may be treated by addressing symptoms, such as reducing fever. Severe cases may require hospitalization and support such as mechanical ventilation.



Both may be prevented by frequent, thorough hand washing, coughing into the crook of your elbow, staying home when sick and limiting contact with people who are infected. The CDC and WHO also recommend covering your mouth with a mask, bandana or scarf to reduce transmission rates. 

Differences: COVID-19 and the Flu


COVID-19: Caused by one virus, the novel 2019 coronavirus, now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.

Flu: Caused by any of several different types and strains of influenza viruses.


While both the flu and COVID-19 may be transmitted in similar ways (see the Similarities section above), there is also a possible difference: COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route, meaning that tiny droplets remaining in the air could cause disease in others even after the ill person is no longer near.

Antiviral Medications

COVID-19: Antiviral medications are currently being tested to see if they can address symptoms.

Flu: Antiviral medications can address symptoms and sometimes shorten the duration of the illness.


COVID-19: No vaccine is available at this time, though it is in progress.

Flu: A vaccine is available and effective to prevent some of the most dangerous types or to reduce the severity of the flu.


COVID-19: Approximately 90,279 cases worldwide; 100 cases in the U.S. as of Mar. 2, 2020.

Flu: Estimated 1 billion cases worldwide; 9.3 million to 45 million cases in the U.S. per year.


COVID-19: Approximately 3,085 deaths reported worldwide; 6 deaths in the U.S., as of Mar. 2, 2020.

Flu: 291,000 to 646,000 deaths worldwide; 12,000 to 61,000 deaths in the U.S. per year

More Information

State Health Department’s website for local updates:

Good tracking of the COVID-19 virus around the world is being done by John Hopkins at

What You Need to Know from Johns Hopkins Medicine

Track Your Stimulus Check

You can track your payment with the new IRS Get My Payment tool, which is now live. 

If the IRS doesn’t have your direct deposit info but you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019, you can use the tool to submit your bank account details so you can get your stimulus deposit faster.

If you typically do not file a tax return but are still eligible for the check, you can send your information to the IRS using this online portal


Beware Of COVID-19 Scams!

Remember: Scams abound in times of uncertainty. The IRS will never request your personal information by email, text messages or social media. Be careful giving out any personal and financial information.