Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—For Beginners to Experts
- 1 As of July 6th 2020 UPDATE:
- 2 STRUCTURE OF THIS PAGE
- 3 PART I FOR CONSUMERS: WHAT YOU CAN DO
- 4 COVID19 - SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
- 5 In Canada
- 6 In the United States
- 7 Medline/PubMed Searching
- 8 PART II FOR RESEARCHERS: “Evidence-Based” Studies, Reports, Updates
- 9 OVID Search - Filters, Strings
- 10 Google Scholar Searching - Search Strings
- 11 Evidence-based & Point-of-care information
- 12 Top Impact Medical Journals & Preprints - Articles about COVID-19
- 13 PART III FOR MEDICAL LIBRARIANS
- 14 Library Web Guides
- 15 Additional Readings / Misinformation
- 16 International
- 17 Other useful links
- 18 Disclaimer
- 19 "Sharing is caring'
As of July 6th 2020 UPDATE:
- COVID19 is an ongoing health crisis affecting 200+ countries, healthcare systems & state economies.
- There are now an estimated ~11,400,000+ COVID19 cases worldwide
- Novel 2019 coronavirus, called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, SARS-CoV-2, causes COVID-19. Much of the world has been in partial/complete lockdown since March 2020. Restrictions are being eased in various parts of the world, with corresponding spikes in cases.
- Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 is an ongoing public health problem in Canada w/ 112,000+ cases.
- In the US, ~2,9800,000+ cases have been reported.
- Misinformation is spreading during the pandemic (called "an infodemic"), so be wary of conflicting news stories / scientific evidence.
- Be critical of what you read. Compare facts by consulting two (2) OR more sources of information.
- Be wary of anyone downplaying (or, over-hyping) concerns re: COVID-19.
- Share concerns with your health provider, a colleague or family member. Ask a librarian for help with differing points of view.
STRUCTURE OF THIS PAGE
This pathfinder is completely open though some of the resources require a university subscription.
It is structured in three sections and updated 2x daily:
- Part I is for consumers: protect yourself (next section)
- Part II is for experts such as researchers & clinicians.
- Part III for medical librarians.
Reliable, evidence-based COVID-19 information is urgently needed by patients and health professionals around the world.
PART I FOR CONSUMERS: WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Stay informed.
- Practice social distancing: AT ALL TIMES stay two metres or six (6) feet apart in public.
- Use a mask & gloves: many people are now wearing masks in public, and some are wearing gloves. Still, wash your hands.
- In Canada, masks are now recommended when adjacent to others in public spaces.
- Quarantine period: 14 days if you have been exposed to others with COVID-19. (Testing is recommended if you have been exposed.)
- Disinfect: Wash your hands with soap & hot water thoroughly (and often) for 20 seconds after touching objects outside the home.
- Sanitize: Use at least 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizers when soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth until you can disinfect.
- Homemade facemasks: recommended when in public spaces, especially when caring for others.
- Disinfect and decontaminate home surfaces regularly.
- For information about surfaces, book handling, libraries and SARS-CoV-2, see: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nqAmCFT2RZHKvpC5evLtfBiZ4EFFLEXx_3Pq6OldBN4/edit
COVID19 - SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
How are you feeling? if you have any symptoms such as fever, malaise, cough OR difficulty breathing see your health care provider and ask about testing.
- HERE is a simple, informative easy literacy handout from HealthLink BC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Need to speak to a health professional now for advice about your "next steps"?
- In BC, call 811 toll-free or for the deaf and hard of hearing, call 7-1-1.
- In an effort to ease the burden on HealthLink 811, BC has set up a dedicated COVID-19 line at 1-888-COVID19 or text at 1-888-268-4319.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada has set up a 2019 novel coronavirus telephone information line at: 1-833-784-4397. As facts emerge about COVID-19, this guide will be updated. Stay informed, and ask your health provider for assistance. [Disclaimer]
- Use caution when evaluating information found on the Web (or in print) about COVID-19; urge others to do the same. Evaluate information on COVID-19 with your health provider.
For emerging, easy-to-understand information, see:
- COVID19 Resources Canada https://covid19resources.ca
- COVID-19 Government of Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html#a1
PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION:
- Alberta: Coronavirus info for Albertans | (Alberta.ca)
- BC: Coronavirus information | BCCDC (BC Centre for Disease Control)
- Canada: Novel Coronavirus infection | (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Sask: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Government of Saskatchewan)
- Manitoba: Coronavirus (Province of Manitoba)
- Ontario: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Ontario.ca)
- In French: Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Gouvernement du Québec)
- Eastern Canada: 2019 Novel Coronavirus Infection Outbreak update (Gov’t of Newfoundland & Labrador)
In the United States
- COVID-19 Information and Resources (Google Site)
- COVID-19 (National Institutes of Health)
- COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control / CDC)
- Excellent CDC handouts and posters https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html
- MedlinePLUS Coronavirus (NLM)
- NLM Disaster Info—Coronavirus Infections (including 2019-nCoV, MERS-CoV and SARS)
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Food & Drug Administration):
- In New MEDLINE/PubMed
- In Classic PubMed (high specificity search)
- In PubMed, high sensitivity search for COVID-19 & virus name variants back to 2015
- Click on: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=2019+novel+coronavirus+disease+OR+2019+novel+coronavirus+infection+OR+2019-ncov+disease+OR+2019-ncov+infection+OR+coronavirus+disease+2019+OR+coronavirus+disease-19+OR+coronavirus*+OR+coronovirus*+OR+coronavirus+Infections+OR+Wuhan+coronavirus+OR+2019-nCoV+OR+COVID-19+OR+wn+co+OR+novel+coronavirus+OR+new+coronavirus+OR+2019+novel+OR+new+coronavirus+OR+ncov+OR+SARS-CoV-2+OR+SARSCov19+OR+ncov*+wuhan
- In PubMedCentral, try this pre-formatted search:
- New MeSH Supplementary Concept Record for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- COVID-19 [Supplementary Concept] Viral disorder characterized by high FEVER; COUGH; DYSPNEA; renal dysfunction & other symptoms of a VIRAL PNEUMONIA. A coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in genus BETACORONAVIRUS is suspected agent.
- severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 [Supplementary Concept] https://meshb.nlm.nih.gov/record/ui?ui=C000656484
PART II FOR RESEARCHERS: “Evidence-Based” Studies, Reports, Updates
This part of the guide presents links to research and evidence based information resources on COVID-19. It is intended for research purposes only.
It will be updated as more information becomes available. Patients should contact their health provider if they have questions about their health care.
- LitCOVID ... is a curated literature hub at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus.
- One-stop access to 29,000+ peer-review articles; updated daily and further categorized by different topics and geographic locations for improved access. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/research/coronavirus/
- LitCOVID is "a subset of PubMed" with some human curation/DG
- To search LitCOVID use the search filters under category "Medline/PubMed Searching".
OVID Search - Filters, Strings
Ovid Medline “Search on COVID-19”
- (exp coronavirus/ or coronavirus*.mp.) and (wuhan or beijing or shanghai or 2019-nCoV or nCov or COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2).mp.
- coronavirus*.ti. or (novel coronavirus*.mp. and (exp china/ or china.mp.)) or ((pneumonia.mp. or exp pneumonia/) and Wuhan.mp.)
- ('COVID-19' or '2019-nCov' or 'SARS-CoV-2').mp. or exp Coronavirus Infections/
- See also http://tools.ovid.com/coronavirus/
- Coronaviruses (UpToDate):
- Expert Searches: Wolters Kluwer
Google Scholar Searching - Search Strings
- Cut and paste Bramer’s search into google.scholar.com: 2019nCoV|"2019 nCoV|CoV|coronavirus"|"2019 novel|new coronavirus|cov"|"wuhan coronavirus|cov|ncov|outbreak"|"wuhan*coronavirus|cov|ncov|outbreak"|"wuhan**coronavirus|cov|ncov|outbreak"|"coronavirus|cov|ncov*wuhan"
Or click on this link: (https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0,5&q=2019n+CoV%7C%222019+nCoV%7CNCoV%7Ccoronavirus%22%7C%222019+novel%7Cnew+coronavirus%7Ccov%22%7C%22wuhan+coronavirus%7Ccov%7Cncov%7Coutbreak%22%7C%22wuhan*coronavirus%7Ccov%7Cncov%7Coutbreak%22%7C%22wuhan**coronavirus%7Ccov%7Cncov%7Coutbreak%22%7C%22coronavirus%7Ccov%7Cncov*wuhan%22)
- Try this highly-sensitive search in Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?as_ylo=2020&q=2019+novel+coronavirus+disease+OR+2019+novel+coronavirus+infection+OR+2019-ncov+disease+OR+2019-ncov+infection+OR+coronavirus+disease+2019+OR+coronavirus+disease-19+OR+coronavirus*+OR+coronovirus*+OR+coronavirus+Infections+OR+Wuhan+coronavirus+OR+2019-nCoV&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5
Evidence-based & Point-of-care information
- American College of Physicians - COVID-19 Physician's Guide
- American Society for Microbiology - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-10) Resources
- BioCentury - COVID-19 Resource Guidehttp://www.library.ubc.ca/graphic/new2.gif
- Centre for Evidence-Based Dermatology (CEBD) Coronavirus Resource for Dermatology
- Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) - Information for the Research Community
- Canadian Pharmacists Association COVID-19: Information for Pharmacists
- 'Cochrane Library—Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources'
- Cochrane COVID-19 Study Register
- DynaMed Plus COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
- EBSCO COVID-19 Updates & Information
- Elsevier - Novel Coronavirus Information Center
- Lancet - COVID-19 Resource Centre
- New England Journal of Medicine - Coronavirus articles and resources
- Pharmacy Letter - Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources Hub
- Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine - COVID-19 Evidence Service
- JBI Evidence-based Resources for Health Professionals - COVID-19 Special Collection
- JoVE - Coronavirus Free Access Resource Center
- UpToDate COVID-19
Top Impact Medical Journals & Preprints - Articles about COVID-19
- CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/publications.html
- NEJM https://www.nejm.org/coronavirus
- JAMA https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/pages/coronavirus-alert
- Lancet https://www.thelancet.com/coronavirus
- Cell https://www.cell.com/2019-nCOV
- BMJ https://www.bmj.com/coronavirus
- Elsevier https://www.elsevier.com/connect/coronavirus-information-center
- Oxford https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/coronavirus
- Nature https://www.nature.com/collections/hajgidghjb
- Wiley https://novel-coronavirus.onlinelibrary.wiley.com
- Cambridge https://www.cambridge.org/core/browse-subjects/medicine/coronavirus-free-access-collection
- medRxiv (pre-prints/ non-peer-reviewed papers) http://connect.medrxiv.org/relate/content/181
PART III FOR MEDICAL LIBRARIANS
- COVID-19 Resources for Medical Librarians & Other Health Information Professionals
Library Web Guides
- Ask a Librarian—Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Canadian Medical Association Joule
- Alberta Health Services, Timely Topics
- Duke University Medical Center Library and Archives—2019 Novel Coronavirus Information
- Public Health England—Knowledge & Library Services—Finding the evidence: Coronavirus
- Hong Kong Baptist University—Novel Coronavirus Topic Guide
- Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, Welch Medical Library—COVID-19 Guide
- Librarianship.ca—COVID-19 Resources
- National Jewish Health—2019 Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19
- New York University Health Sciences Library—2019 Novel Coronavirus
- University at Buffalo University Libraries—Novel Coronavirus
- University of Michigan Library—(COVID-19) Novel Coronavirus
- University of Toronto—COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Information Guide
- Masks, personal protective equipment: https://guides.library.utoronto.ca/c.php?g=715025&p=5103131
- University of Toronto—Reporting, epidemic growth, and reproduction numbers for the 2019-nCoV epidemic: understanding control
Additional Readings / Misinformation
- Wikipedia: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
- Wikipedia: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Wikipedia: Misinformation related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
- WHO Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Advice for the Public
- WHO Says Fake Coronavirus Claims Causing ‘Infodemic’
- University of Toronto—How can I spot misinformation about the coronavirus and COVID-19?
- APA Coronavirus Topical Guide
- Cochrane Library—Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
- Cochrane COVID-19 Study Register
- WHO—Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
- WHO—Database of COVID-19 articles
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Fighting Products (Center for Biocide Chemistries)
- Coursera Science Matters—Let’s talk about COVID19http://www.library.ubc.ca/graphic/new2.gif
This pathfinder has been created by a medical librarian. When COVID-19 became a serious worldwide issue, I started to collect links to ensure that all relevant information was brought together in one place. While the guide provides up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, it is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as advice or as a substitute for consulting a doctor. While I strive to keep all content current and correct, I make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability of information, products, services, or related graphics contained on any of the websites listed. Only qualified health providers can provide health care e.g., they will take your health history, examine you, and bring their expertise and experience to bear on evaluating you. Put simply, advice regarding your care should always include your physician and other health providers. Please ask your local medical librarian for further assistance.
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