Washington state was home to the United States’ first known COVID-19 diagnosis and its first major outbreak, and it was also one of the first places in the nation where the omicron variant was detected.

Again and again, almost every aspect of daily life here has been upended, leaving everyone scrambling for answers: What’s the best mask to wear? What kind of test should I use? What should I do if I get the virus?

And then there are the tougher, deeper questions: What if I lost my job and can’t pay rent? How can I take care of my mental health?

And, of course: When will we all settle into a new normal?

As we keep you apprised of each day’s developments and hold those in charge accountable for their response to this crisis, we’ve also been compiling resources to help you understand and navigate this changed world.

You can find those resources below — and if you have a need you don’t see addressed, please reach out by clicking here.

Former Seattle Times assistant metro editor Gina Cole contributed to this resource guide.

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With mask requirements rapidly changing, keeping track of what is required can get tricky. Some transit agencies and airlines are dropping their mask rules, while others are not.


People board a King County Metro bus on Friday, June 25, 2021. King County’s mask mandate is set to end on June 29.

As coronavirus infections tick up across the United States, there is a lot of confusion about if, and when, to wear a mask.

Travelers enter a security line at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, April 19, 2022. A federal judge’s decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes but also concern about whether it’s really time to end one of the most visible vestiges of the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/David Goldman) RIDG109 RIDG109

Health experts say those who want to protect themselves from COVID-19 as cases rise again should continue to cover their faces.

Dr. John Corman MD, signals for more Pfizer vaccine as Amazon partners with Virginia Mason creating a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Amazon’s 7th Avenue meeting center in Seattle, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. 216188

Not sure when, where or how to get the COVID-19 vaccine or a booster? You're not alone. We're updating this page with current guidance and resources on how to get vaccinated against COVID in the Seattle area, King County and Washington state.

Sayyescovidtest.org sent two identical packets of iHealth brand Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Tests.

You have several ways to get your hands on tests, and strong masks will soon follow. Know what to do if you can wait a bit, and what to do if you need to get tested right away.

COVID-19 has spread across Washington, the U.S. and the world at staggering speeds. Here's what we know so far about the spread of coronavirus and its global impacts.

As masking mandates lift and new coronavirus infections fall across the United States, there’s lots of confusion about if, and when, to wear a mask. (Tim Peacock/The New York Times) — FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY SLUGGED SCI MASKS GUIDANCE BY AMELIA NIERENBERG FOR MARCH 1, 2022. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. — XNTY153 XNTY153

As masking mandates lift and new coronavirus infections fall across the United States, there’s confusion about if, and when, to wear a mask. Here's a guide.

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Use our guide to compare different face mask types and learn how you can maximize protection against COVID-19 with each kind of mask.

3M Co. 8210Plus N95 particulate respirators are arranged for a photograph in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Leading Democrats in Congress, frustrated with what they say are inadequate protections against Covid-19 in air travel, introduced legislation to require the federal government to mandate face masks on flights and in airports. Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg

Health experts have recommended switching to N95 or KN95 face masks. But can these higher-quality masks be used more than once? Some experts say yes — with limitations — as long as it’s done safely. Here’s what to know.

FILE – Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for those on their plans, the Biden administration announced Monday, as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising frustrations.  (AP Photo/David Dermer, File) WX102 WX102

There are various types of COVID-19 tests that people may choose from to find out if they are infected with the virus. Dr. Matthew Binnicker and the team at Mayo Clinic Laboratories help break down the different types.

Rapid COVID-19 tests swabs are processed at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates, California, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)

The Biden administration on Tuesday launched without fanfare its website for Americans to request four free at-home COVID-19 tests per household, one day before it was scheduled to go live.

People travel at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. New travel testing and restrictions have been put in place due to the omicron variant.  (Nathan Denette /The Canadian Press via AP) NSD110 NSD110

All U.S.-bound international travelers, including American citizens, must show proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within a day of their flight. If you're planning to leave the country, here's what you'll need to know in order to get back in.

A man prepares to be vaccinated with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, in a vaccination center, in Nantes, western France, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. France has vaccinated 77% of its population and is rushing out booster shots. But more than 4 million adults remain unvaccinated. (AP Photo/Jeremias Gonzales) PAR104 PAR104

Infection is still possible even among the boosted, but how does a positive COVID-19 test affect those who are fully vaccinated and have yet to get an extra jab?

A sign about COVID test is displayed at a testing site as people are seen inside for testing in Morton Grove, Ill., Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. Hospitalizations of U.S. children under 5 with COVID-19 soared in recent weeks to their highest level since the pandemic began, according to government data released Friday on the only age group not yet eligible for the vaccine. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ILNH101 ILNH101

As many people test positive for COVID-19 amid the contagious omicron variant, here’s a guide to what to do after receiving a positive result.

FILE – In this July 10, 2020, file photo, healthcare workers test patients in their cars at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site run by the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine and the Nevada National Guard in Las Vegas. Schoolteachers, college professors and child care workers have been added to the eligibility list for COVID-19 vaccinations in the Las Vegas area. The Southern Nevada Health District on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, added “frontline community support” workers to sign-up lists, also including food, shelter, court and social services and essential public transportation employees. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) LA121 LA121

While testing is critical to containing the outbreak, a negative test result is not a free pass to forgo social distancing, mask-wearing and large gatherings. Here are a few reminders about what a negative coronavirus test means and doesn't mean.

FILE – This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. On Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, the top U.S. public health agency said that coronavirus can spread greater distances through the air than 6 feet, particularly in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces. But agency officials continued to say such spread is uncommon, and current social distancing guidelines still make sense. (NIAID-RML via AP) NY869

COVID-19 vaccination rates for Washington state are fairly high, but rates of booster shots need to improve, state health officials said Tuesday. They urged people to schedule booster appointments "immediately," as omicron cases continue to surge.

A first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine awaits the arm of Melissa Nguyen, a contract administrator for the Seattle School District, Sunday, March 14, 2021 during a pop-up vaccination clinic occurring this weekend at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Shoreline Clinic, in collaboration with the Shoreline Fire Department.  According to an email from Susan Gregg
Director, Media Relations
UW Medicine Marketing & Communications: “We vaccinated approximately 800 teachers, childcare workers and other eligible individuals. We received additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from an Eastern Washington facility who couldn’t readily use them. Airlift Northwest, entity of UW Medicine, transferred the doses here.” 216643

The Seattle Times hosted a webinar, “A shot in the arm: the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington," on March 15. The hour-long event provided the latest information on how the rollout of coronavirus vaccines in Washington stumbled, then shifted into a higher gear, with more vaccine supply, broader eligibility for the shots and...

FILE – In this March 3, 2021, file photo, public health nurse Dyah Moore, right, and other health care workers prepare Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for farmworkers at a County of Santa Clara mobile vaccination clinic at Monterey Mushrooms, an agricultural employer under the United Farm Workers union contract, amid the coronavirus pandemic in Morgan Hill, Calif. In some California counties, vaccination drives are targeting farmworkers. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) NYAG402

Recipients describe symptoms from fever to fatigue. Here's what causes them, what the reaction is like for COVID-19 survivors and what you can take to counter some of the effects.

People wait in an observation area at the Federal Way Performing Arts and Events Center, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, on the first day of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Federal Way, Wash., operated by King County Public Health and other partners with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA staff and contract workers have been traveling across the U.S. to set up temporary community vaccination centers, including mobile bus-based clinics, in efforts to increase the availability of COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) WATW107 WATW107

Some experts think it's best to skip gatherings as the country weathers a new wave. Others underscore that Americans must "live with the virus." Different people, they all acknowledge, will balance the risks and rewards of each activity differently.

FILE – In this Jan. 10, 2021 file photo, Sarah Gonzalez of New York, a Nurse Practitioner, displays a COVID-19 vaccine card at a New York Health and Hospitals vaccine clinic in the Brooklyn borough of New York.  Workers in New York City-run hospitals and health clinics will have to get vaccinated or get tested weekly under a policy announced Wednesday, July 21,  to battle a rise in COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

The Washington State Department of Health formally launched WA Verify, a digital COVID-19 vaccine verification tool, last week. The tool draws upon records from the state's immunization system.

Dave Monahan with the Bothell Fire Department puts a sticker with a date and type of vaccine on a vaccination card in preparation for people coming in to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Shoreline Center in Shoreline Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

UW Medicine is opening a new North King County COVID-19 vaccination site in Shoreline at the Shoreline Center to expand access to the vaccine for residents of North King County. The site is being operated in partnership with the Shoreline, Northshore, and Bothell fire departments. The King County Vaccination Partnership – Shoreline joins a network of vaccination partner sites in Auburn, Kent, Redmond, Renton, and Seattle. 500 shots will be given on the first day, April 27, 2021 and after that 1,000 will be given daily.

Washington men are lagging behind women on vaccinations in the state, following national trends.


Showing proof of your vaccination status has become more common place. But if you’ve lost your vaccination card — don’t panic.

The COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool offers a risk forecast for every county in the country. (Joshua Weitz and Clio Andris/Georgia Institute of Technology)
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A free and now peer-reviewed COVID-19 Risk Assessment Planning Tool offers a scientific way for the public to check the risk of attending an event of nearly any size in any county in the country. Check it out.

A holiday traveler wearing a face mask arrives at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) CARC108 CARC108

Passengers have been collecting tips to protect themselves from the coronavirus for months, but the super-transmissible omicron variant poses a renewed threat. Even vaccinated travelers will need to deploy every defensive weapon at their disposal.

Apple’s Maps app, left, and Google Maps, right, have updated their information on which places are open — and which ones are not. (The New York Times)

Apple and Google have added handy features for these uncertain times.

Bar stools sit on top of the counter at Cafe Racer on March 18, 2020. Cafe Racer was in the midst of a fundraiser to save the cafe before the coronavirus effectively shut the city down.

The fallout from the pandemic has hurt local businesses and employees alike. Here's a guide for where they can go for help.

Thursday, March 26, 2020   John Richards, KEXP morning show host working in the main DJ booth during his show.  KEXP broadasts have remained a rare stable/normal presence in listeners’ lives.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and there’s never seemed a more appropriate time to shine the spotlight on this paramount topic. These Seattle-area organizations offer mental health resources and tips that can help us feel less alone.

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The search for a therapist may seem daunting, but there is help available. Therapists throughout the state shared tips for finding a provider who makes people feel comfortable and fits their needs.

FILE – Kindergarten teacher Lilia Matos and her student Jesus Mendez stand outside their classroom on the first day of in-person learning at Heliotrope Avenue Elementary School in Maywood, Calif., Tuesday, April 13, 2021. California is making it easier for school districts to hire teachers and other employees amid staffing shortages brought on by the latest surge in coronavirus cases, the governor said Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) LA254 LA254

We asked experts how parents of unvaccinated children should navigate the omicron surge. Here's what they advise.

Now that kids are back in the classroom, there’s a very real possibility that they may be exposed to the coronavirus, and may need to be tested – or isolate. This can be alarming for parents, and frightening for some children. Kids may also be disappointed if they have to miss out on certain activities. (Janice Chang/The New York Times)-FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY SCI-VIRUS-CHILDREN BY PERRI KLASS FOR OCT. 23, 2021. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. — XNYT122 XNYT122

Now that kids are back in the classroom, there’s a very real possibility that they may be exposed to the coronavirus, and may need to be tested — or to isolate. This can be alarming for parents, and frightening for some children.

A collection of stress-relieving items sits in the center of mental health therapist Farah Hussein’s office at South High School in Minneapolis. The city of Minneapolis runs the school-based clinic. 1426258

Learn from a mental health expert about what's helping young people cope with the coronavirus pandemic. One hint: be kind to yourself.

This is what the new strain of the coronavirus looks like under a microscope. 1601850 1601850

There are thousands of new studies about the coronavirus, many available for free online. But just because scientific papers are easier to get hold of doesn’t mean that they are easy to make sense of.


Tech writer Geoffrey Fowler offers a citizen’s guide to not helping trolls, bots and other online disinformers during turbulent times.

People wearing masks cross a street, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 in New York. The city will run out of first doses of COVID-19 vaccine sometime Thursday without fresh supplies, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) OTKNYML115 OTKNYML115

Here are some of the most common cons and some steps consumers can take to protect themselves.

Pharmacy technician Aisha Thomas preps a COVID-19 vaccination syringe to be used at the New Beginnings Christiian Fellowship. 
The New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Kent has been vaccinating people since February a partnership with Fred Hutch and African Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry. They say that they are filling the gap in vaccine access in South King County. 217041

Drs. Larry Corey and Donna Hansel spoke with Benjamin Woodard of The Seattle Times about the course of the pandemic and what to expect this fall and winter. Hear what they say about boosters, variants, vaccine mandates and misinformation.

A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC/TNS) 8303209W 8303209W

Every new development of the coronavirus pandemic introduces the public to words phrases and data points normally bandied about by public health workers, scientists and researchers. Here's a simple guide to some COVID-19 buzzwords you might've heard.

An Aug. 9, 2007 file photo shows a cooked frozen pizza.  (AP Photo/Larry Crowe) FRA114

Now that you've made pandemic grocery shopping part of your routine, here's how to take care of yourself — physically and mentally — while you're home.