2019 Novel Coronavirus Resources

2019 Novel Coronavirus Resources

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced an official name for the disease causing 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19.  CDC will update their website and other CDC information to reflect this change as no doubt other websites will follow. Research and other articles written prior to the WHO announcement on February 11th, will still reflect the ‘old’ nCoV name.  

Imported cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States.  Person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 also has been seen among close contacts of persons returning from Wuhan, China (the original location of this coronavirus). However, as of February 16th, the CDC reports that the virus is NOT spreading in the community in the United States. 

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Facebook Page contains quite a few posts related to the novel coronavirus. 

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA)

COCA Now: Shipping of CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus Diagnostic Test Kits Begins

CDC Novel Coronavirus :  Situation summary, basic information about the novel coronavirus, communication resources (buttons and badges, fact sheets, posters, and videos) as well as links for specific areas of interest such as travelers and businesses.   

The CDC Healthcare Professionals page contains the following information as well as a list of resources from sources outside of the CDC: 

Information for Laboratories

Respirator Fact Sheet – Explains the differences between masks with N, P, R designations, which masks are acceptable for coronavirus and some reuse suggestions.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

FDA’s Actions in Response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus at Home and Abroad

FDA novel coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization Corona virus disease 2019

Basic information about coronavirus, travel advice, Q&A, videos, situation reports, global situation dashboard. 

Personal Protective Equipment Information

CDC Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators

Contains information related to engineering and administrative controls as well as personal protective equipment and respiratory protections. CDC also explains the difference between types of masks and provides links to other types of NIOSH approved filtering facepiece respirators. .  

Guidance for putting on and removing PPE

NIOSH recommended guidance for extended and limited reuse of N95 respirators in healthcare settings. 

OSHA has created a 2019 Novel Coronavirus page which refocuses attention to OSHA standards applicable to this disease. 

Professional Organization Coronavirus 2019 Websites:

New England Journal of Medicine Coronavirus – the content on this page is open access (free).

  • Interview recorded February 7th focuses on what physicians need to know about the current outbreak 
  • Several articles discussing transmission

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – content includes videos, interviews and scientific articles (open access) 

American Medical Association (AMA) Coronavirus (COVID-19) – multiple articles focusing on various aspects of interest primarily to physicians but also contains links to additional resources for all healthcare professionals. 

The American Society for Microbiology has created a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) page and is providing free access to research articles published over the last year.  

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Novel Coronavirus 2019 (20199-NCOV) Resources

The Lancet COVID-19 Resource Center – To assist health workers and researchers working under challenging conditions to bring this outbreak to a close, The Lancet has created a Coronavirus Resource Centre. This resource brings together new 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) content from across The Lancet journals as it is published. All content listed on this page is free to access.

American Nurses Association – Contain s some basic information about COVID-19 as well as information specific to nurses and their role(s) in the continuum of care.

Other Organizations:

Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) – Protective Barriers Resource Bundle (PDF) – There is a fee for this information.

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) – Online resources, bibliography, and news related to COVID-19

Additional Articles:

Is it Coronavirus or is it the Flu? – This is the fifth of a series of Medscape clinical briefs on the coronavirus outbreak. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and Medscape will provide updated activities as information becomes available.   This article offers continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, ABIM Diplomates, pharmacists and interprofessional continuing education (IPCE). 

Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus — United States, January 2020 article by the CDC posted online on February 7th.