Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—For Beginners to Experts
- 1 June 3rd 2020 UPDATE
- 2 WHAT IS THIS PAGE?
- 3 PART I FOR CONSUMERS: PROTECT YOURSELF
- 4 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 Searching
- 10 Google Scholar 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 Documentaries
- 17 International
- 18 Other useful links
- 19 Disclaimer
- 20 "Sharing is caring'
June 3rd 2020 UPDATE
- Global estimates are over ~6,450,000+ cases ...
- The Novel 2019 coronavirus is called the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2, & causes the COVID-19 illness (formerly 2019-nCov).
- Risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 in Canada is continuing to rise = 94,500+ cases. See also https://www.covid-19canada.com/
- In the US, ~1,850,000+ cases have been reported.
- Implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic change often. Best advice is to stay informed by getting updates every day via resources below.
- With considerable misinformation spreading during the pandemic (an infodemic), watch for conflicting news stories and scientific evidence.
- Thus be critical of what you read regardless of the source.
- Watch for anyone downplaying (or, over-hyping) concerns associated with COVID-19.
- And share concerns with your health provider, a colleague or family member.
WHAT IS THIS PAGE?
This pathfinder 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.
- NEW: See Part III for medical librarians.
Reliable, evidence-based COVID-19 information is urgently needed by patients and health professionals around the world.
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PART I FOR CONSUMERS: PROTECT YOURSELF
- Social distancing: AT ALL TIMES stay two metres or six (6) feet apart in public.
- Masks & gloves: many people are wearing masks and gloves in public now.
- In Canada, masks are now recommended when 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 and SARS-CoV-2, see: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nqAmCFT2RZHKvpC5evLtfBiZ4EFFLEXx_3Pq6OldBN4/edit
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
If you have symptoms such as fever, malaise, cough OR difficulty breathing contact a health care provider and ask about self-quarantine & 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:
- COVID-19 Risk to Canadians (Government of Canada
- 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 ... a curated literature hub at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus.
- Central access to 16,945 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/
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 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
- CEBD Coronavirus Resource for Dermatology (Centre for Evidence-Based Dermatology)
- COVID-19 CIHR Information for the Research Community https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/51917.html
- COVID-19 Physician's Guide (American College of Physicians)
- COVID-19: Information for Pharmacists (Canadian Pharmacists Association)
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Portal https://coronavirus.jhu.edu
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) R&D Blueprint (WHO)
- Coronaviruses (UpToDate)
- COVID-19 (UpToDate)
- COVID-19 Resource Centre (The Lancet)
- Coronavirus articles and resources (New England Journal of Medicine)
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources Hub (Therapeutic Research Center., Pharmacist Letter)
- COVID-19 Evidence Service (Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine)
- https://www.cebm.net/oxford-covid-19/ Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases (Johns Hopkins CSSE)
- COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) (DynaMed)
- COVID-19 Special Collection (JBI Evidence-based Resources for Health Professionals)
- Coronavirus Free Access Resource Center (JoVE)
- Living Systematic Map of COVID-19 Evidence
- Novel Coronavirus Information Center (Elsevier Connect)
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-10) Resources (American Society for Microbiology):
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 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
Additional Readings / Misinformation
- Apple Coronavirus Special: Dr John Ioannadis: "Minimal evidence, monumental decisions"
- Wikipedia: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
- Wikipedia: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Wikipedia: Misinformation related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic
- Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Advice for the Public
- On Wikipedia, a Fight is Raging Over Coronavirus Disinformation
- WHO Says Fake Coronavirus Claims Causing ‘Infodemic’
- CBC’s The Passionate Eye-”Coronavirus”: a look at how the outbreak occurred and whether a cover-up by Chinese authorities allowed the virus to spread. (45 mins.)
- China: Truth In A Pandemic | 101 East. COVID-19 pandemic is claiming lives around the world, terrifying populations, forcing entire countries into lockdown.
- COVID-19: Tracing The First Month Of The Novel Coronavirus | Insight | Will the new novel coronavirus - which has killed more than 2,000 people and infected more than 75,000 others - trigger the possibility of a global pandemic?
- APA Coronavirus Topical Guide
- Cochrane Library—Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- 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 COVID19
- University of Toronto—Reporting, epidemic growth, and reproduction numbers for the 2019-nCoV epidemic: understanding control
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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