Ask a Librarian: COVID-19 (updated regularly)

Testing for COVID-19

Last updated: May 14, 2020 - Originally published: February 10, 2020

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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) – Updated May 12, 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 *

  • 11 May 2020: tocilizumab reported to induce radiologic improvement and reduce need for ventilatory support in patients with severe COVID-19 (J Med Virol 2020 May 5 early online)  View in topic
  • 11 May 2020: hydroxychloroquine may not reduce risk of intubation or death in patients with COVID-19 hospitalized in New York City (N Engl J Med 2020 May 7 early online) View in topic
  • 8 May 2020: tocilizumab reported to reduce fever, pulmonary lesions, and inflammatory markers in patients with severe or critical COVID-19 (Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2020 Apr 29 early online) View in topic
  • 4 May 2020: remdesivir within 10 days of symptom onset might shorten time to clinical improvement in adults admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (Lancet 2020 Apr 29 early online) View in topic

 

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

DynaMed COVID-19 related summaries

BMJ Best Practice

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)Literature review current through April 2020. This topic last updated: May 13, 2020.

 

UpToDate

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Literature review current through March 2020. This topic last updated: April 30, 2020.

 

Essential Evidence Plus

Coronavirus SARS-CoV2 infection (COVID-19) – This topic last updated: May 14, 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: May 5, 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: May 12, 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.

Cochrane Library - Coronavirus (COVID-19) – evidence relevant to critical care.

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

COVID-19 primer – Powered by Primer (AI) – dashboard for latest research and trending news and articles.

Evidence aid ‒ Coronavirus (COVID-19): Evidence Collection – 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.

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

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 - SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. 

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

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

 

Guidelines and other information

International

 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): information for health care professionals – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last reviewed May 12, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Interactive, global map tracking COVID-19 – Johns Hopkins University. Updated May 13, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic – World Health Organization. Updated May 12, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

COVID-19 clinical trials - TranspariMED. Updated April 24, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

COVID-19 Rapid Guidance Summaries - University of Pennsylvania Center for Evidence-based practice. Updated May 1, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Global Coronavirus COVID-19 Clinical Trial Tracker - a real-time world map of clinical trials. Last updated May 12, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

 

National

Clinical guideline search (CPG Infobase) – Joule, A Canadian Medical Association Company. Clinical Practice Guidelines on COVID-19/Coronavirus infections. Updated May 13, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

 

2020 Information for physicians and the public on the coronavirus – Canadian Medical Association No date. Accessed May 13, 2020.

CADTH and COVID-19 – Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health. Updated April 27, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

COVID-19 Information and Resources – College of Family Physicians of Canada. No date. Accessed May 13, 2020.

COVID-19 toolkit – The Centre for Effective Practice. Updated April 2020.  Accessed May 13, 2020.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update – Government of Canada. Updated May 13, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): For health professionals – Government of Canada. Updated May 12, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Coronavirus infection: Symptoms and treatment – Government of Canada. Updated May 10, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

COVID-19 Resources – Health Standards Organization. No date. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Information about Coronavirus – Infection Prevention and Control Canada. Updated May 12, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Infection prevention and control for coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Interim guidance for acute healthcare settings  – Public Health Agency of Canada. Updated April 30, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

 

Provincial

British Columbia: 

Yukon: Information about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for Yukoners – Government of Yukon. Updated May 12, 2020.  Accessed May 13, 2020.

Northwest Territories: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Government of Northwest Territories – Health and Social Services. Updated May 12, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Alberta: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Alberta Health Services. Updated May 12, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Saskatchewan: COVID-19 – Saskatchewan. No date. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Manitoba: 

Nunavut: COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) – Nunavut Department of Health. Updated May 13, 2020.  Accessed May 13, 2020.

Ontario:

Quebec: 

New Brunswick:  

Coronavirus – Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) New Brunswick. No date. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Nova Scotia: 

Prince Edward Island:

Newfoundland: COVID-19 Information – Newfoundland Health and Community Services. Updated May 1, 2020. Accessed May 13, 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 May 13, 2020.

Telemedicine and virtual care guidelines (and other clinical resources for COVID-19) – Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Updated April 30, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Virtual care and the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Ontario MD. No date. Accessed May 13, 2020.

How to do a COPD Virtual Visit During COVID-19 – Family Physician Airways Group of Canada. April 23, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Virtual Care- Toolkit – Doctors of BC. March 16, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

COVID-19: Virtual Care - College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta. March 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

 

Ethics and medical-legal resources

 

Framework for Ethical Decision Making During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Canadian Medical Association. Updated April 1, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

COVID-19 Hub – advice, support, and medical-legal protection during the COVID-19 pandemic – Canadian Medical Protective Association. Updated May 5, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Ethics – BC Centre for Disease Control. No date, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Public Health Ethics and COVID-19: Selected Resources – National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy/ Institut national de santé publique (Québec).  No date. Accessed May 13, 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 May 13, 2020.

 

Patient education resources

 

COVID-19 Resources and Tools for the public – Canadian Medical Association.  No date. Accessed May 13, 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 April 24, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others  – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated April 15, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick   – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 3, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources (fact sheets and infographics available in many languages) – Public Health Agency of Canada. Updated May 13, 2020. Accessed May 13, 2020. 

 

Pre-populated literature searches

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