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Coronavirus Guide

Information for health professionals and the public in the Las Vegas Valley
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Coronavirus: What's in a Name?

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Coronavirus: What's in a name?

The Coronavirus is a novel (or new)  virus that has not been previously observed or studied in the human population since its emergence in Wuhan, China in December 2019. When the new virus was first identified, the CDC used the naming convention of SARS-CoV-2 or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) - Coronavirus (CoV) with the "-2" to describe it as new strain from the previous SARS Coronavirus that was identified in 2003. In addition to this naming convention, the CDC also uses the term "(2019-nCov)to describe it as a "novel" (or new) Coronavirus that was discovered in 2019. The technical term of (COVID-19) is now used to describe the infectious disease that is derived from this virus in accordance with best practices by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses is charged with the naming of viruses, not the disease derived from them. To learn more about how the coronavirus was named SARS-Cov-2 read their article, “The species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus: classifying 2019-nCoV and naming it SARS-CoV-2” from the journal, Nature Microbiology.

Social media has also played a role in how the virus is labeled and variations for the disease and the virus can be viewed in the Coronavirus on Twitter section of this guide.

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Forecasting Hospital Resources

COVID-19 Projections & Hospital Resources

The Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) out of the University of Washington Center for Health Trends and Forecasts created a simulation detailing the peak time for hospital resource utilization and deaths per day by state.

According to their paper, "By aggregating forecasts across states, we determined the overall trajectory of expected health care need in different categories and deaths...Demand for health services rapidly increases in the last week of March and first 2 weeks of April and then slowly declines through the rest of April and May, with demand continuing well into June. The shape of the curve reflects both the epidemic curves within each state and the staggered nature of the epidemic around the country."

Select the links below to learn more. 

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Guidance for Health Providers

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To stay up to date with the latest clinical news on emerging health threats, check out the CDC's 
Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) site. This site shares information about upcoming video conference calls (COCA Call), free continuing education opportunities and conferences/training sessions. Information for how to sign up to their mailing list can be found here.

Resources by Health Profession

Resources by Special Populations

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Infection Control & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hospital Resources

Additional Federal Resources

Clinical Research Funding Resources

Legal/Public Policy Resources

UNLV Library Resources - Add Search Strings

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Library Resources

Please note: UNLV students, faculty and staff may be prompted to enter their ACE username and password when accessing the resources below off-campus. If you experience any issues with your ACE login, please contact the UNLV IT HelpDesk at 702-895-0777.

Quick Clinical Queries

Searching the Literature

Global Resources

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World Health Organization (WHO)

National Health Service UK

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

Scholarship & Journal Publishers Resources

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Publishers and Open Access Information

Many publishers now participate in the free exchange of current health information during national disasters or disease outbreaks. The Wellcome Trust is an agreement amongst peer-reviewed research publications to provide rapid and open access to information across the globe. You can learn more here:

Free Journal Publisher Resources

EBSCO Resources

Preprint Servers

Caution: Preprints are preliminary reports of work that have not been peer-reviewed. They should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information

Scholarly Literature Tracking

COVID-19 Citation Libraries

Multimedia Resources

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 Multimedia Resources

COVID-19 Interactive Maps

Page Author

Aidy Weeks, MSLIS, AHIP
GME Liaison Librarian & Collections Manager
UNLV Health Sciences Library

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