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What is COVID-19?
First identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019, COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a respiratory virus that hasn’t caused illness in humans before. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Worldwide, COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of human infections, causing illness and in some cases death. Cases have spread throughout the world, with more cases reported daily. On March 11, 2020, World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic, after the disease caused by the new coronavirus spread to more than 100 countries and led to tens of thousands of cases within a few months.
As the world is dealing with the pandemic 2019 Cornonavirus COVID-19, access to relevant and timely information is critical. This guide was primarily created as a one-stop information source for our health sciences and social work students but others might find it relevant.
HOTLINES, EMERGENCY INFORMATION:
- Disaster Distress Helpline (SAMHSA): 1-800-985-5990
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224
Updates from Health Agencies
Coronavirus - CDC
Includes Symptoms, Testing as well as Symptom Checker.
COVID-19 Johns Hopkins University
by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, this interactive map reports global data in real time
Coronavirus - NIH
A metasite from National Institute of Health providing comprehensive resources as well as extensive informative on the disease itself with symptoms, prevention, disinfection guide, cases, etc.
COVID-19 Health System Response Monitor
The Health System Response Monitor (HSRM) has been designed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to collect and organize up-to-date information on how countries are responding to the crisis. It focuses primarily on the responses of health systems but also captures wider public health initiatives. This is a joint undertaking of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission, and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.