Coronavirus (COVID-19) Informational Resources

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We know many of you are concerned about Coronavirus, aka COVID-19, and it can be really intimidating trying to find reliable information. Here are some credible resources you can use to inform yourself about how to keep yourself healthy.

Our thanks to Michelle Eberle, MLS from the Massachusetts Library System for putting this list together.

Please note: these resources are for informational purposes only and do not replace the advice of a medical professional.

Call ahead to Health Services or a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-RML

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-RML

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (RI Department of Health) Information from the Rhode Island Department of Health, including Rhode Island-specific resources.

Share Facts ABOUT COVID-19 (CDC)
Know the facts about Coronavirus disease 2019 and help stop the rumors.

Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 (SAMHSA) SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Coronavirus Advice for the Public (World Health Organization)
Basic protective measures against the new Coronavirus.

Coronavirus Infections (MedlinePlus)
Includes a summary of Coronavirus, how it spreads, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and prevention

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (CDC)
What you should know, situation updates, and information for specific audiences

How to Prepare for Coronavirus in the U.S. (Washington Post, March 3, 2020)