Skip to Main Content  

COVID-19: General Information

Information surveillance of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (c/o CDC's Public Health Image Library)

Last Updated: January 2021

This guide was created by Toronto Public Health (TPH) Library to link TPH staff to a selective list of online resources on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV or SARS-CoV-2) which causes COVID-19. We are grateful for our public health library colleagues across Ontario (i.e. Ontario Public Health Library Association members) who communicate regularly throughout the pandemic and share topics and resources of interest which were added to this guide.  

  • Some links in this guide are from other jurisdictions. If in doubt, always follow the guidance received from your local health officials (TPH COVID or Ontario COVID information).
  • As of February 11, 2020 this guide will be updated to reflect the new disease name (COVID-19)  but readers may notice that the previous name/s in earlier publications.
  • Disclaimer:  This guide is for informational purposes only. Please follow the advice of your local public health officials. 
  • The guide will be updated Monday - Friday.
  • For comprehensive searches, research questions, or comments on the guide please email TPH library

Advice on caring for someone who has COVID-19


CDC Resources


Mental Health & Wellbeing Resources

  • Brooks, S., Webster, R., Smith, L., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., Rubin, G.J. (2020).  The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: Rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet.
  • Brooks, S.K., Dunn, R., Amlot, R., Rubin, G.J., Greenberg, N. (2018). A Systematic, Thematic Review of Social and Occupational Factors Associated with Psychological Outcomes In Health care Employees During an Infectious Disease Outbreak. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 60(3), 248-257.

Grey Literature

Multilingual Resources (compiled by Melissa Paladines, William Osler)







WHO Posters

Protect others from getting sick

Practice Hand Hygiene

You can protect others from getting sick

Wash your hands

Vaccine Myths (debunked) – © copyright 2021 BBC

  • BBC Reality Check debunks five false vaccine claims [see video embedded below]. – © copyright 2021 BBC

Cover your Cough

TPH Media Channels