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Coronavirus (COVID-19): General Information

This libguide provides access to trustworthy sources for news and academic research on Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus discovered in December 2019.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The current strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans (World Health Organization).

Information about Coronavirus and COVID-19

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) frequently updates its website with information about Coronavirus.

The following video explains seven steps you can take to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The CDC has information about how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you are sick

The following video explains the symptoms of coronavirus. 

Map of Coronavirus Cases

Click on the image to view an interactive map of Coronavirus cases from Johns Hopkins. 

Interactive map of Coronavirus cases

Source: Johns Hopkins (3/16/20)