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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Information resources about the 2020 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Tracking the Virus

BEWARE:  There have been malicious decoy/clone sites made that look like the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 map. The link above is the safe/correct link. If you search for the dashboard online, be very careful that you  are using the authentic web site, which does NOT prompt or require  the user download any .exe executable.

CDC Updates

Information from the Center for Disease Control

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WHO Coronavirus Resources

Information from the World Health Organization

But What Should I Do?

Keep calm and wash your hands

Looking Beyond Fear: A Public Health Approach to Coronavirus

Finding the Science

Searching PubMed

Because terminology is evolving so rapidly, and because recently-added citations have not been indexed, some complex strategies are needed for thorough searching in PubMed.  The following search statement can be copy-and-pasted into the PubMed search box:

(((((wuhan) AND ((coronavirus) OR "Coronavirus"[Mesh]))) AND ("2019"[Date - Publication] : "2030"[Date - Publication]))) OR ((((2019-nCoV) OR 2019nCoV) OR COVID-19) OR SARS-CoV-2)

Searching Global Index Medicus

The Global Index Medicus (GIM) provides worldwide access to biomedical and public health literature produced by and within low-middle income countries. The main objective is to increase the visibility and usability of this important set of resources. The material is collated and aggregated by WHO Regional Office Libraries on a central search platform allowing retrieval of bibliographical and full text information. Use this search string to search Global Index Medicus:

 (wuhan AND (coronavirus OR ( mh:("Coronavirus")))) OR 2019-nCoV OR 2019nCoV OR COVID-19 OR SARS-CoV-2

Due to the rapidly-developing nature of the Coronavirus outbreak, the pace and methods of scientific communication are also changing. While many established journals are speeding up their submission-to-print process, pre-print archives/servers are being used to disseminate and critique research even more rapidly. While it is clearly crucial for research and communication to move as swiftly as possible, pre-publication without rigorous review does entail risks of error and mis-information. As the BioRxiv disclaimer states:  

"A reminder: these are preliminary reports that have not been peer-reviewed. They should not be regarded as conclusive, guide clinical practice/health-related behavior, or be reported in news media as established information."

Public Health and Law Response

Over 450 public health, human rights, and legal experts and organizations have drafted an open letter to Vice President Mike Pence and other government officials, warning that "Widespread transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus within the United States is 'inevitable' and a successful response to the epidemic must protect the health and human rights of everyone in the country. The open letter details a series of recommendations that government officials must consider through new legislation, policies, leadership, and spending.