Ask a Librarian: COVID-19 (updated regularly)

Testing for COVID-19

Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 - Originally published: February 10, 2020

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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) – Updated July 29, 2020

Description

  • global pandemic of acute respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) 1
  • SARS-CoV-2 is a member of beta genus coronaviruses closely related to SARS-CoV (Nat Microbiol 2020 Mar 2 early online)
  • common signs of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath1
  • there is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19, but supportive care may help to relieve symptoms and should include support of vital organ functions in severe cases1

Recent updates *

  • 30 Jul 2020: anosmia appears highly specific for COVID-19 in adults presenting to emergency department (Ann Emerg Med 2020 May 21 early online) View in topic

  • 27 Jul 2020: physical distancing measures associated with reduced incidence of COVID-19 (BMJ 2020 Jul 15) View in topic

  • 24 Jul 2020: hydroxychloroquine ≤ 4 days after symptom onset may not reduce symptom severity in nonhospitalized adults with COVID-19 (Ann Intern Med 2020 Jul 16 early online) View in topic

  • 24 Jul 2020: convalescent plasma transfusion might improve symptoms in patients with severe COVID-19, insufficient evidence to evaluate effect on mortality; 50 randomized trials evaluating convalescent plasma or hyperimmune immunoglobulin are ongoing (Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2020 Jul 10) View in topic

  • 24 Jul 2020: addition of dexamethasone to standard care may reduce 28-day mortality in patients with COVID-19 receiving respiratory support (N Engl J Med 2020 Jul 17 early online) View in topic

Topic Summary (CMA members can access all full summaries via this link)

DynaMed COVID-19 related summaries

BMJ Best Practice

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Last reviewed May 2020. This topic last updated: July 2020.

 

UpToDate

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Literature review current through May 2020. This topic last updated: July 25, 2020.

 

Essential Evidence Plus

Coronavirus SARS-CoV2 infection (COVID-19) – This topic last updated: July 16, 2020.

 

Canadian Pharmacists Association

COVID-19 – Information for primary care practitioners on the management of common symptoms and summary of experimental treatments being used in acute-care settings. This topic last updated: June 25, 2020.

 

Clinical information via ClinicalKey

ClinicalKey drives better care by delivering fast, concise answers, and deep access to evidence whenever, wherever you need it. ClinicalKey includes access to 1,000+ textbooks, 600 full-text journals, images, videos and customizable patient handouts across 30+ medical specialties

Novel Coronavirus Information Center  (Elsevier/ClinicalKey) - freely available and current information in English and Mandarin Chinese. Updated: July 31, 2020.

In ClinicalKey (CMA members only), search “COVID-19” for the latest articles from The Lancet, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal of Infection and more.

Procedural Videos - Orotracheal Intubation (login required).

Book chapters:

Gerber  Novel Coronavirus from Wuhan China, 2019-20, Update to Chapter 155, Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, Ninth Edition (Elsevier, 2020). 

Coronaviruses, Including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Chapter 155, Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, Ninth Edition (Elsevier, 2020).

 

Articles, article collections and reviews

Annals of Internal Medicine - content related to coronavirus. 

BMJ - Coronavirus (COVID-19) hub – collection of freely available news articles, opinion and timeline.

Cambridge University Press – Coronavirus Free Access Collection. 

CMAJ – COVID-19 – CMAJ articles, podcasts and blogs on public health and policy.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Oxford University – COVID-19 evidence service.

COVID-19 Evidence Alerts – weekly update of high-quality clinical studies curated by McMaster University. Free email notification is available upon registration. 

Epocrates COVID-19 Drug Therapy Trial Updates – links to trials and resources focused on therapeutics. 

Evidence aid ‒ Coronavirus (COVID-19): – summaries of relevant research. 

JAMA Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – collection of current articles and multimedia.

The Lancet COVID-19 Resource Centre – free access to COVID-19 content from across The Lancet journals.

Merck Manuals COVID-19 Information and Resources – news, commentary and FAQs.

New England Journal of Medicine – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – collection of articles and other resources on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak including clinical reports, management guidelines and commentary (Chinese translations available for some content).

Oxford University Press – free access to OUP resources on COVID-19, other coronaviruses and related topics. 

Springer-Nature - Coronavirus  (COVID-19) Research Highlights. 

Wiley Online Library - Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak. 

Wolters Kluwer COVID-19 Resources & Tools (Coronavirus Resources) – updates and articles. 

 

Guidelines and other information

International

Caring for people with COVID-19 - National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce (Australia). Last updated July 30, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): information for health care professionals – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last reviewed July 22, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

Interactive, global map tracking COVID-19 – Johns Hopkins University. Updated July 30, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic – World Health Organization. Updated July 28, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

Coronavirus disease - European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Updated July 27, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.  

COVID-19: a living systematic map of the evidence - EPPI Centre. Updated July 30, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

Penn Medicine COVID-19  Guidance Summaries - University of Pennsylvania Center for Evidence-based Practice. Updated July 27, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

Global Coronavirus COVID-19 Clinical Trial Tracker - world map of clinical trials. Last updated July 29, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

 

National

Clinical guideline search (CPG Infobase) – Joule, A Canadian Medical Association Company. Clinical Practice Guidelines on COVID-19/Coronavirus infections. Updated July 24, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

CMA update: COVID-19 – Canadian Medical Association No date. Accessed July 30, 2020.

CADTH COVID-19 evidence portal – Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health. Updated July 27, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

COVID-19 – Choosing Wisely Canada. Last updated April 30, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Information and Resources – College of Family Physicians of Canada. No date. Accessed July 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END) – McMaster University – No date. Accessed July 30, 2020.

COVID-19 Resource Centre  – The Centre for Effective Practice. Updated July 2020.  Accessed July 30, 2020.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update – Government of Canada. Updated July 29, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): For health professionals – Government of Canada. Updated July 27, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

Coronavirus infection: Symptoms and treatment – Government of Canada. Updated July 28, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

Coronavirus COVID-19 – Infection Prevention and Control Canada. Updated July 29, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

Infection prevention and control for coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Second interim guidance for acute healthcare settings  – Public Health Agency of Canada. Updated May 19, 2020. Accessed July 30, 2020.

 

Provincial

British Columbia: 

Yukon: COVID-19 information  – Government of Yukon. No date.  Accessed July 31, 2020.

Northwest Territories: COVID-19 in NWT – Government of Northwest Territories – Health and Social Services. Updated July 30, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Alberta: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Alberta Health Services. Updated July 30, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Saskatchewan: COVID-19 – Saskatchewan. No date. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Manitoba: 

Nunavut: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) – Nunavut Department of Health. Updated July 29, 2020.  Accessed July 31, 2020.

Ontario:

Quebec: 

New Brunswick:  Coronavirus – Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) New Brunswick. No date. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Nova Scotia: 

Prince Edward Island: COVID-19 – Prince Edward Island Health and Wellness. Updated July 28, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020. 

Newfoundland: NLife with COVID-19  – Newfoundland Health and Community Services. No date. Accessed July 31, 2020. 

 

Telemedicine and virtual care 

Virtual Care Playbook – Canadian Medical Association, The College of Family Physicians, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. March 30, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Telemedicine and virtual care guidelines (and other clinical resources for COVID-19) – Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Updated July 6, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Virtual care is here to stay  – Ontario MD. No date. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Rapid response to COVID-19 – Canada Health Infoway. No date. Access July 31, 2020.

Virtual care guide for patients - Canadian Medical Association, The College of Family Physicians, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. June 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Virtual Care- Toolkit – Doctors of BC. March 16, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

COVID-19: Virtual Care - College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta. Updated May 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

 

Ethics and medical-legal resources

Framework for Ethical Decision Making During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Canadian Medical Association. Updated April 1, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

COVID-19 Hub – advice, support, and medical-legal protection during the COVID-19 pandemic – Canadian Medical Protective Association. Updated July 29, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Ethics – BC Centre for Disease Control. No date, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Public Health Ethics and COVID-19: Selected Resources – National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy/ Institut national de santé publique (Québec).  Last updated: May 26, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Ethics Resources on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - collection of articles and reports on ethics related to COVID-19, other coronaviruses and pandemics. – Hastings Center. No date. Accessed July 31, 2020.

 

Patient education resources

COVID-19 Resources and Tools for the public – Canadian Medical Association.  No date. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Questions and answers on COVID-19 – Canadian Medical Association, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Updated July 23, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others  – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated June 1, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick   – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. June 11, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources (fact sheets and infographics available in many languages) – Public Health Agency of Canada. Updated July 30, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

 

Databases and pre-populated literature searches

Cochrane Library - Coronavirus (COVID-19) – evidence relevant to critical care. Updated July 28, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

Coronavirus disease (COVID‑19) - Epistemonikos foundation L·OVE database

COVID-19 Live Literature Searches - Australian Library and Information Association. *

COVID-19 primer – Powered by Primer (AI) – dashboard for latest research and trending news and articles. Updated July 31, 2020. Accessed July 31, 2020.

LitCovid – the US National Library of Medicine’s curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the virus.

GoogleScholar search

Pubmed search

Trip database search (Turning research into practice)

 

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