What is the 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. This page from the World Health Organization offers background information, current updates, and helpful resources.
What are the risks?
The complete clinical picture with regard to the Coronavirus is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness (CDC). The situation and symptoms are changing at a very fast pace, so please make sure you have all the latest guidelines: New York State Department of Health COVID-19.
Health professionals across the country are urging the public to avoid crowded events, avoid traveling to areas with high confirmed cases of the virus, to frequently wash your hands when encountering the public, social distancing measures, wearing masks and gloves in public. This is an ongoing issue with new information being provided daily. Please look through the rest of this guide for more information and tips on prevention.
This is a screenshot of the interactive map of Global Cases of COVID-19 by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Click on the image to see the live map.
NYSDOH COVID-19 Tracker:
Search county by county to see latest number of cases, total people tested to date, and trends, provided by the NYSDOH.Click on the images to see the live map.
Need to find health or medical information for patrons from time to time, know about the NLM, but can't quite remember what its most popular resources are and how to use them effectively? This webinar offers an excellent introduction or refresher for any librarian or researcher who wants to feel confident about accessing the most heavily used databases from the National Library of Medicine. In this one-hour session, coordinators from NLM will show you how to find and obtain the information you need and tell you how you can leverage resources and programs available to any public, academic, school, or special library free from the federal government. (**Presented December 17, 2017 - some information or website interfaces may have changed).
PubMed® comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites. Provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. April 23, 2020.
Whether you are working remotely or within the library building, COVID-19 has changed the way we work and live. In a profession where the desire to serve the public often subsumes the needs of library workers, our panelists will share strategies for self-care as well as tips for overcoming challenges related to (re)creating a work-life balance that can be done for free, remotely or in the building. Recorded April 28, 2020.
Are you, like many others, working from home right now? This sudden shift of work may find you feeling less focused and productive. This webinar will provide some practical tips such as: Suggestions for working at home with children; Focusing through tech distractions; Suggestions for focusing; Prioritizing your work-at-home tasks: Deep vs Shallow Work. Recorded 4/23/2020. Presented by SCRLC. with Carrie Rogers-Whitehead.
Leading is hard. Global pandemics are harder still. Leading during a global pandemic is not only hard, but it is also traumatic, upending, and confusing with competing priorities, community needs, personal values, and more. Let’s spend time learning together. Library leaders will join us to discuss how they are leading with compassion. Learn how they are making decisions, what is influencing them, and the challenges they have experienced along the way.
In a situation of wide-reaching and fast-moving concern, rumors, misinformation and dis-information (sometimes from seemingly reliable sources) is inevitable. While it's always best to rely on information from authoritative sources such as the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, here are some resource to help you sort out facts from "fake news".