COVID-19 is the shortened name for the novel coronavirus disease that first appeared in late 2019. The disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In this guide, we mostly refer to "COVID-19", but you may also see references to "coronavirus", they are used interchangeably here.
The news around COVID-19 is changing rapidly and we are seeing a lot of misinformation being shared. This guide aims to point you to reliable sources of news and health information on COVID-19.
[image description: illustration of the ultrastructural morphology of coronaviruses. Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=23313]
These are the best websites to start with when looking for information on COVID-19. Choose which one you go to based on what level of information you're looking for.
Many health and scientific publishers are offering free access to articles and research around COVID-19. Typically, access to these articles is available only to subscribers, but with the need for quick access to information, publishers are making the information freely available. These are targeted at researchers and clinicians.
Coronavirus racism is anti-Chinese and anti-Asian scapegoating and xenophobic reactions, including fear, exclusion, microaggressions, and other racist behaviors related to this public health epidemic.
As President Sullivan reminded us in her March 19, 2020 update,
Please remember – no matter how far social distancing guidelines tell us we should stand apart; we are a community that must stand together. . . WE MUST NEVER allow our fears to cause us to assign blame to any person or group of people based on their skin color, ethnicity or home country. This behavior stands against everything we want for the future of St. Thomas – and our world - and can never be tolerated. I urge all of you to lean on each other for support and continue to show compassion for all.
A 2-minute video in response to the coronavirus stigma, a partnership project by the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice and The Hive.