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COVID-19 Resources for Medical Librarians &
Other Health Information Professionals

Last updated 3/27/2020 6:00 p.m. CT
New resources added each day are identified with NEW

Edited and selected by Jess L. Callaway, Angela Spencer, AHIP, and Ellen M. Aaronson, AHIP

U.S. Government Resources | World Health OrganizationClinical Resources and GuidesData, Research, Article Collections, Systematic ReviewsJournal, Publisher, Society Resource Sites | Public Health Portals and Sites

This curated list will be updated as frequently as possible and has been created from crowd-sourced suggestions from MLA members and other health information professionals on the front lines of providing information during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list, as many librarians have already created excellent resource guides for their institutions and patients.

Many journals and publishers are making COVID-19 resources and articles freely available.

All links below open in a new tab or window. You may also submit a new resource for consideration.

In the News

U.S. Government Resources

World Health Organization

Clinical Resources and Guides Description Specialty 
UW Medicine COVID-19 Resource Site Source: University of Washington Department of Medicine. Shared by Naomi Bishop, University of Arizona, MLGSCA list. Clinical guidance, patient care protocols for many circumstances, plus institutional policies on PPE, patient care, staff, after death services, etc. Updated frequently; use permissions on website. Added 3/18/2020.
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NEW Management of Critically Ill Adults With COVID-19

See also Toward Universal Deployable Guidelines for the Care of Patients With COVID-19 (editorial)

Source: American Medical Association, JAMA Clinical Guidelines Synopsis. Submitted by Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. Added 3/27/2020 Clinical guidelines
COVID-19 Clinical Guidance For the Cardiovascular Care Team Source: American College of Cardiology. Submitted by Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. For librarians/health information professionals. Guidelines for cardiology relating to cardiovascular care. Added 3/18/2020 Cardiology
Initial Public Health Response and Interim Clinical Guidance for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak--United States,December 31, 2019–February 4, 2020 [local PDF]
Source: Centers for Disease Control, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2/5/2020, by Anita Patel, PharmD1; Daniel B. Jernigan, MD1; 2019-nCoV CDC Response Team. Submitted by Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. Additional MMWR entries. Added 3/21/2020. Clinical Guidance, Public Health
Interim guidance: Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection is suspected [local PDF] Source: World Health Organization, 1/28/2020. Submitted by Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. Added 3/21/2020 Clinical management, infectious disease
COVID-19 : Clinical Assessment & Management Source: American College of Emergency Physicians. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. Added 3/23/2020 Clinical management, infectious disease
Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Pandemic: Page | PDF
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, March 2020. Submitted by Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. Added 3/20/2020
Clinical Trials
Emergency Resources: COVID-19 from the Society of Critical Care Medicine Source: Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). Includes such resources as a report on US Resource Availability for COVID-19 and an ICU Preparedness Checklist. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. Added 3/23/2020 Critical care, education, ICU
NEW Guidance for Dental Settings during COVID-1
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Recommended by Erica Brody, Tompkins-McCaw Library, VCU, Added 3/27/2020 Dental
Response of the Dental Education Community to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Source: American Dental Education Association. Includes ADEA Pandemic Guide for Dental Education. Submitted by Natalie Clairoux, Université de Montréal, Bibliothèque de la santé. Added 3/23/2020 Dental
CODA Statement on Dental Clinic Operations during COVID-19 (and other CODA updates) Source: Commission on Dental Accreditation, American Dental Association. Submitted by Natalie Clairoux, Université de Montréal, Bibliothèque de la santé. Added 3/23/2020 Dental
Disaster Information Management Research Center

Source: National Library of Medicine

Disaster medicine, public health
Find training related to COVID-19 available through the TRAIN Learning Network Source: Public Health Foundation. Aggregates training opportunities for public health, healthcare, and preparedness professionals from multiple training providers. May need to create account to access specific resources. Submitted by Kathleen Amos, Public Health Fooundation. Added 3/23/2020 Education, public health
Ethics of Resource Allocation
(Pandemic/ COVID) - Compilation GoogleDoc. PDF version (3/23/2020 4:17 p.m.)
Compiled by Kristin LaLonde, in collaboration with Hospital Libraries Caucus members. Added 3/23/2020 Ethics: crisis standards of care, care allocation, etc.
NEW BULLETIN: HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus (PDF link) Source: Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Submitted by: Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. Added 3/27/2020 HIPAA
Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Source: Centers for Disease Control. Submitted by Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. For librarians/health information professionals. Guidelines for caring for patients with suspected NCoV19 that do not require hospitalization. Added 3/18/2020 Home care, Infectious Disease

Interim Guidance: Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts [local PDF]

Source: World Health Organization, 2/4/2020. Submitted by Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. Added 3/21/2020 Home care, infectious disease

Guidance for Industry: Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer Products During the Public Health Emergency (COVID-19)

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Added 3/23/3030 Industry guide

Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings

Source: Centers for Disease Control. Submitted by: Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. For librarians/health information professionals. Guideline for infection prevention in a healthcare setting. Added 3/19/2020
Infection prevention and control
Interim guidance: Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected [local PDF] Source: World Health Organization, 1/25/2020. Submitted by Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. Added 3/21/2020 Infection prevention and control
Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1 Source: New England Journal of Medicine. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. For librarians/health information professionals. Added 3/18/2020 Infectious Disease

Managing the Threat of the New Coronavirus Strain

Source: Joint Commission. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. For librarians/health information professionals. Guidelines for infectious disease and prevention. Added 3/18/2020 Infectious Disease
Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "...intended to support state, local, and industry partners in identifying the 16 critical infrastructure sectors and the essential workers needed to maintain the services and functions Americans depend on daily and that need to be able to operate resiliently during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic response." Added 3/23/2020 Infrastructure preparedness
Interim guidance: Laboratory biosafety guidance related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) [link | local PDF] Source: World Health Organization. Submitted by Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. For librarians/health information professionals. Guidelines for laboratory safety relating to the testing of patients. Added 3/20/2020
Laboratory Safety
COVID-19 Guidance for treating Opioid Treatment Programs Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. For librarians/health information professionals. Guidelines for treating opioid addictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.Added 3/18/2020 Mental health, Addiction

The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence

Source: The Lancet. Submitted by Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. For librarians/health information professionals. Guidelines for psychology in regards to mental health in a pandemic. Added 3/19/2020
Mental Health, Psychology
Guidelines for Pregnant women  Source: The Lancet. Submitted by: Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. For librarians/health information professionals. Guideline for Obstetrics relating to pregnancy. Added 3/19/2020
Obstetrics
Coronavirus (COVID-19) pregnancy FAQs: Medical experts answer your questions Source: Babcycenter.com with questions reviewed by members of Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. Added 3/23/2020 Obstetrics
Interim Coding Guidance: Coding for Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic Source: Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. Added 3/23/2020 Obstetrics, Telemedicine
American Society of Clinical Oncology COVID-19 Clinical Oncology Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Source: American Society of Clinical Oncology. Submitted by Mark Vrabel, Oncology Nursing Society. For librarians/health information professionals. Guidelines for caring for patients with cancer in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Added 3/18/2020 Oncology
Coronavirus: What People with Cancer Should Know Source: National Cancer Institute. Submitted by Mark Vrabel, Oncology Nursing Society. For librarians/health information professionals. Guidelines for caring for patients with cancer in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Added 3/18/2020 Oncology
How to Manage Cancer Care during COVID-19 Pandemic Source: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Submitted by Mark Vrabel, Oncology Nursing Society. For librarians/health information professionals. Guidelines for caring for patients with cancer in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Added 3/18/2020 Oncology
ASTM Standards & COVID-19
Access to important ASTM standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment - including face masks, medical gowns, gloves, and hand sanitizers. Requires registration to access. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. Added 3/26/2020
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), standards
Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of PPE Source: Centers for Disease Control, Submitted by
Users may also want to reference this JAMA article and review the comments (submitted by Brynn Beals, St. Jsoeph Medical Center)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Technical Guidance Note: How to Consider Protection, Gender and Inclusion in the Response to COVID-19 (PDF link)

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Aimed at IFRC staff involved in the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak, especially protection, gender, and inclusion, and health focal points. Outlines issues that may threaten people’s dignity, access, participation, and safety, and suggests actions to address these threats. Added 3/23/2020 Protection, gender and inclusion
How Should the Rehabilitation Community Prepare for 2019-nCoV? (Journal Pre-proof PDF link) Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2020). Authors: Koh GC-H, Hoenig H,  Submitted by: Jess Callaway, Shepherd Center. For librarians/health information professionals. Added 3/20/2020
Rehabilitation medicine
American Veterinary Medical Association COVID Portal Credible information and resources for veterinarians and staff. Submitted by Kate Anderson, University of Missouri. Added 3/25/2020 Veterinary medicine

 

 

Data, Research, Article Collections, Systematic Reviews Description

COVID-19: a living systematic map of the evidence

Map of the current evidence partitioned into broad domains for easy exploration. Lorenc T, Khouja C, Raine G, Sutcliffe K, Wright K, Sowden A, Thomas J (2020) COVID-19: living map of the evidence. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London.
Shared by Claire Stansfield, EPPI-Centre, University College London. Added 3/20/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Evidence Collection from EvidenceAid (UK)
Summaries of relevant research about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic available as soon as each is ready. Research categories are clinical characterization and management; health systems and services; and infection prevention and control, including health care workers’ protection.
COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Intended to mobilize researchers to apply recent advances in natural language processing to generate new insights in support of the fight against COVID-19. Added 3/20/2020
Distant Reader COVID-19 Study carrel was created by analyzing the full text scientific and scholarly journal articles availabe in the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset above. Submitted by Eric Morgan, University of Notre Dame/shared by Anu Moorthy, Duke University Medical Center Library. Added 3/20/2020
Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service Answers questions posed with research and evidence synthesis. Added 3/20/2020

 

 

Journal, Publisher, Society Resource Sites Description Specialty
American Academy of Pediatrics Critical Updates on COVID-19
Resources and guidelines for pediatricians and clinicians Pediatrics
American College of Physicians Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for Internists Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. Resources to assist internists seeking to prepare and manage their responses.

American Society for Radiation Oncology COVID-19 Recommendations to Radiation Oncology Practices

Includes FAQ posing the questions most often seen online or heard in the clinic with answers that are intended to be applicable to your practice, a summary of recommendations, websites, journal articles.
Oncology

American Thoracic Society. ATS Journals COVID-19 Hub

See also Clinical Practice Guideline: Mechanical Ventilation in Adult Patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (2017). Added 3/23/2020

Annals of Internal Medicine: Content Related to Coronavirus

See also COVID-19: An ACP Physician's Guide + Resources

Source: American College of Physicians. A collection of articles related to coronavirus is freely available. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. Added 3/26/2020

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association. Added 3/23/2020

British Medical Journal Coronavirus (covid-19): Latest news and resources

Collects all BMJ coverage of the coronavirus outbreak from across the BMJ's journals and learning resources. All articles and resources are freely available.

Cambridge University Press/Cambridge Core

Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format free to access online during the coronavirus outbreak. Free access is available until the end of May 2020. Submitted by: Amy Stone, ACRI. NOTE: access temporarily unavailable. 3/24/2020

Cochrane Library | Cochrane Special Collections 

EBSCO Medical COVID-19 Portal Shared by Helen Chang, St. Joseph's Medical Center. General information portal, but also with access to clinician and researcher information, plus open access Dynamed information General +
ECRI Institute COVID-19 Preparedness Resource center to help protect healthcare workers, residents and patients.
Elsevier COVID-19 Clinical Tool Kit Open access evidence-based resource includes Clinical Skills, Nursing, Point-of-Care Clinical Overviews, Order Sets, Procedure Videos and Patient Education materials.Submitted by Sudha Ramakrishnan, Baylor Health Sciences Library. Added 3/26/2020

Elsevier Novel Coronavirus Information Center

NEW See also Infographic: global research trends in infectious disease

Free health and medical research on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). General + research
F1000 Disease Outbreaks Research Gateway A platform for rapid dissemination of the latest research related to coronavirus, making the information publicly available so that others can respond effectively. Research
JAMA Network COVID-19 Resources Includes clinical management and epidemiology General
John Wiley & Sons Wiley Online Library Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access Research journal articles and book chapters also available. General + research
The Lancet coronovirus hub Content from across The Lancet journals as it is published. All COVID-19 content is free to access. General
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.: Coronavirus Highlights Urgent Need for Science-Backed Research
Research papers from multiple Mary Ann Liebert journals on coronaviruses and using telemedicine to care for affected patients. Includes articles about previous coronavirus epidemics, i. e. SARS and MERS. Submitted by Jean Jenkins, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital Library. Added 3/24/3030
McGraw-Hill Education/AccessMedicine distance learning libguide Shared by Lori Fitterling, Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences. Includes content maps available online which may be helpful for clerkship/rotation students Education
COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 preprints from medRxiv and bioRxiv

Caution: Preprints are preliminary reports of work that have not been certified by peer review. They should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior. Added 3/24/2020

Preprints, research and other
New England Journal of Medicine

A collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary.

ONS Information Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Source: Oncology Nursing Society. Includes information about PPE and safety, resources for patient care and support, nursing and professional practice information. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. Added 3/23/3030 Nursing, Oncology, PPE
Taylor & Francis COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus Content
Free to Access
Provides links and references to all relevant COVID-19 research articles, book chapters and information that can be freely accessed on Taylor & Francis Online and Taylor & Francis ebooks in support of the global efforts in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and further research into COVID-19. Added 3/24/3030
Sage Journals Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research Collection includes the latest medical research from SAGE related to the virus as well as top social and behavioral research to help individuals, communities, and leaders make the best decisions on dealing with the outbreak and its consequences. Submitted by Amy Stone, ECRI. Added 3/24/3030
Resources for Hospitalists: COVID-19
Source: Society of Hospital Medicine. Library of COVID-19 blogs, articles, publications, videos, and webinars from hospitalists and thought leaders in the space. Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University. Added 3/26/2020
Springer Nature SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 related research articles from Springer Nature journals, as well as additional commentary and relevant books. All content listed is free to access.
Wolters Kluwer Ovid Portal for COVID-19 Submitted by Michelle M. Volesko Brewer, Wolters Kluwer. Articles published in Ovid MEDLINE or Journals@Ovid, Search strategies for OVID, Tools and resources for clinicians.
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Public Health Portals and Sites Credit
University of Minnesota, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy Submitted by Angela Spencer, Saint Louis University.
Public Health Image Library from the Centers for Disease Control Free to use public health images
Directory of State Health Departments Source: Centers for Disease Control
Directory of local health departments Source: National Association of County and City Health Officials. Contacts listed may not be the best resources for COVID-19 inquiries.
COVID-19 Intervention Actions: Supporting Individuals Experiencing Homelessness Source: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Added 3/23/2020
Medicare Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). FAQ about Medicare telehealth, including how recently enacted legislation will allow the CMS to utilize Medicare telehealth to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency; what services can be provided by telehealth under the emergency declaration; and if physicians and other qualified providers will be able to furnish Medicare telehealth services to beneficiaries in their homes.