This library guide contains different resources about COVID-19, such as research resources, government benefits and news resources. New contents/resources will continuously be added to this guide as the situation develops.
What is COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China and has since spread all over the world.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
(source: The Government Publishing Office, https://govbooktalk.gpo.gov/2020/03/19/coronavirus-pandemic-reliable-government-information-resources)
Know How it Spreads
(source: CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html)
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
When to Seek Medical Attention:
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
(Source: CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html)
Clean your hands often
Avoid close contact
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
Cover coughs and sneezes
Clean and disinfect