In my professional reading, I am coming across terrific resources about the new coronavirus, COVID-19. So, rather than continually changing my post about the illness, I will place those links here for your use.
The CDC has collected all information relating to the new coronavirus, COVID-19; it is all accessible from the link below. There are key recommendations for health care providers and how to manage patients that come to acute care (regular) hospitals, and how to manage those in congregate living, such as skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, or group homes. They publish a daily update, and I find the transcripts from the media briefing to be particularly informative.
The World Health Organization has to make recommendations for both high- and low-resource nations, so its advisory documents will be less specific than the CDC. They are considering what can be accomplished in a city like Geneva or Lagos, Nigeria, Tehran, Iran, and New York City. For example, the CDC calls for airborne precautions for hospitalized patients, which includes eye protection and fitted N-95 masks. The WHO calls for regular masks. Their link is below.
The National Library of Medicine collects all published materials on coronavirus and COVID-19 and indexes them for easy retrieval. Fortunately, the medical publishing industry is not putting their work behind a paywall during this epidemic/pandemic. See the link below.
Pondering Patient Zero is an essay by a specialist from Johns Hopkins who describes how these new viruses get their start and then spread. “Patient zero” is the name given to a patient identified as the first to be infected by a new pathogen.
The WHO has put together video training materials for scientists, professionals, and the public. This is one of my favorite explainers — it makes the coronavirus situation clear and easy to understand.
The State of CT has collected all of its information and links on one page at the link below.
Pondering Patient Zero
WHO Online Training
State of CT Information
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and The Lancet, two of the longest publishing medical journals in the world have established COVID-19 resource centers. They could have kept this important early published research behind paywalls, but these are open to anyone who wants to read them to share the knowledge.
Finally, if you click here you will go to a page that holds a Twitter feed I compiled of scientists and science journalists reporting on this infectious disease. If you are on Twitter, simply go to the list on Twitter and subscribe. If you are not, keep that page open in your browser and refresh it a few times a day to get the new posts.