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COVID-19 Resources for Patients and the Public

Last updated 3/29/2021

Evidence-based Resources and GuidanceWHO InformationTestingVaccinesDirectoriesWorkplace ResourcesGeneral Interest* Spanish Language Resources / Recursos en españolFor Older Family MembersFor Parents & Kids | Myths about COVID-19

* Consult with your librarian to find authoritative resources in additional languages.

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U.S. Government Resources

Evidence-based Resources and Guidance Description
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Home Page Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Coronavirus: How to prepare and protect yourself Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
How does the virus spread? How can you protect yourself? How can you protect others?
If you are sick or caring for someone with COVID-19 Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
What do you do if you have the virus, suspect you have it, or are caring for someone who does? Also includes steps to prevent the spread of the virus in your home and community.
Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus in the home Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Includes a household plan of action and checklist before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community; also cleaning and disinfection recommendations for your home
Animals and Coronavirus Disease Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
There is currently no evidence that companion animals or pets can spread COVID-19 or that they might infect you. See more Information, find out how to stay healthy around animals, and see how you can protect your pets.
Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Lists common signs of stress, provides steps to cope with a disaster and hotline numbers
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Source: Medline Plus
NIH COVID-19 Research Source: National Institutes of Health


World Health Organization

Resources Description,
Main Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak page Source: World Health Organization
Resources for the public Source: World Health Organization
Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19) Source: World Health Organization


Topic-Specific Resources

Testing Description
 COVID-19 Testing Overview Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Who should get tested for COVID-19 and how to get tested.
 COVID-19 Testing Source: Medline Plus
Different types of COVID-19 tests, at home testing, and how to avoid fake COVID-19 tests.



Vaccines Description
 COVID-19 Vaccine Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
How to schedule a vaccine in your state, how to prepare for your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, side effects, and vaccine safety.
 Different COVID-19 Vaccines Source: Centers fo Disease Control (CDC)
How COVID-19 vaccines work and the different vaccines currently available.
NCCN COVID-19 Vaccination Guide for People With Cancer Source: National Comprehensive Cancer Network 
National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s patient information team provides a patient and caregiver version of evidence-based expert consensus recommendations for vaccinating people with cancer against COVID-19.
VaccineFinder Source: Boston Children's Hospital
Run by Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with several collaborators, this is a centralized online portal for the public to search for nearby and dose-ready COVID-19 vaccination locations, backed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



Directories Description
Directory of State Health Departments Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
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.



Workplace Resources Description
General unemployment guidance from
Learn how to file for benefits in your state; including updates to federal law for COVID-19; from, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor
Source: U.S. Government sites or sponsored sites
Whether your workplace is temporarily closed, you’re experiencing a layoff, or you’ve been impacted in some other way by COVID-19, connect with the U.S. or state departments of labor to learn more about your options.
Telework Security Basics Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Standards relating to COVID-19 Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources Source: U.S. Department of Labor



General Interest Information Description
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Symptoms and causes Source: Mayo Clinic
U.S. Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Trends Source: Mayo Clinic
US Coronavirus Map- Use this map to view Coronavirus hotspots in the United States
COVID-19 Comics Source:
Comics and graphic novels can sometimes make complicated things seem simpler. See this group of comics with educational, social justice-oriented, humorous/coping, or other COVID-19 themes for adults.
When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus Source: National Public Radio (NPR) 
We are all vulnerable to getting and spreading COVID-19 regardless of race. Hear stories from those who have experienced Coronavirus-related racism.



Recursos en español (Resources in Spanish) Descripción (Description)
COVID-19 Spanish Language Resources Fuente (Source): Medical Library Association Latinx Caucus
U.S. government COVID-19 resources en español Fuente (Source): National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region
Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Translation: COVID-19
Idiomas (Languages): inglés y español (English and Spanish)
Fuente (Source): MedlinePlus
Enfermedad del Coronavirus 2019
Translation: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Idiomas (Languages): inglés y español (English and Spanish)
Fuente (Source): Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention; CDC)
Control de rumores del coronavirus
Translation: Coronavirus Rumor Control
Idiomas (Languages): español (Spanish)

Fuente (Source): Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Distinguir entre lo que son rumores y la realidad respecto a la respuesta por la pandemia del coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mayo Clinic: Enfermedad del coronavirus 2019
Translation: Mayo Clinic: COVID-19
Idiomas (Languages): inglés y español (English and Spanish)
Fuente (Source): Mayo Clinic
Como hablar con tus hijos sobre el Coronavirus
Translation: How to talk with your child about the Coronavirus
Idiomas (Languages): español (Spanish)
Fuente (Source): PBS Kids
Coronavirus (COVID-19) (para Padres)–Nemours KidsHealth
Translation: COVID-19 For Kids/Parents
Idiomas (Languages): español (Spanish)
Fuente (Source): Nemours KidsHealth
Cómo lidiar con el estrés durante un brote de una enfermedad contagiosa
Translation: Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Idiomas (Languages): español (Spanish)
Fuente (Source): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)



Resources for Older Family Members Description

Coronavirus Tele-Town Halls

Recordings are available for past topics.

Source: AARP
April 11, 2021: Coronavirus and Latinos: Safety, Protection and Prevention
March 11, 2021: One Year of the Pandemic and Managing Personal Finances and Taxes
February 25, 2021: Coronavirus Vaccines and You
February 11, 2021: Coronavirus Vaccines: Your Questions Answered

COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Older Adults and COVID-19

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for seniors and older adults about COVID-19 and how to stay healthy.

COVID-19 Resources for Adult Adults

Source: National Council on Aging
Tips for seniors on how to get help during the pandemic.



Resources for Parents & Kids Description
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

Source: National Public Radio (NPR) 
Read this comic geared to teaching children about the COVID-19 and ways to stay safe. Online or download to print.

Children’s story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19 (information)

Download in multiple languages

Source: World Health Organization
Aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality. 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic: What To Do If Your Child Is Sick

Source: KidsHealth from Nemours

Poster: 25 ways to Get Moving at Home (PDF)

Source: American Heart Association
Download this poster to find ways to keep you (and your kids) active while staying at home.

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Recognize signs of stress in adults and children during an outbreak; find ways to support yourself and your children mentally during stressful times.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Information for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers on how to protect yourself and your baby, 



COVID-19 Mythbusters Description
Coronavirus Rumor Control

Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Tell the difference between rumors and facts about the COVID-19 virus.

Advice for the Public: Mythbusters

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) 
Colorful, downloadable graphics that dispels or eliminates myths and provides facts about the COVID-19 virus

Social media postcards: Myth-Busters (COVID-19)

Source: Pan American Health Organizations (PAHO)
These series of social media cards debunk many myths about COVID-19.

COV-Ed: Mythbusters! COVID-19 Edition (YouTube)

Source: University of British Columbia
COV-Ed is a video series created by medical students based out of British Columbia, Canada and produced by the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

COVID-19 & Mask Myths DEBUNKED!

Source: PBS Digital Studios
Addresses confusion and misinformation about wearing masks and the actual risks of getting infected with COVID-19.