Coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources

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Important Websites 

APSF/ASA Guidance on Purposing Anesthesia Machines as ICU Ventilators
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
American Society of Anesthesiologists 
Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation 
California Department of Public Health
Society of Critical Care Medicine 
American College of Surgeons

Peer-Reviewed articles

Intercollegiate General Surgery Guidance on COVID-19
Key points to this guideline:  NEGATIVE PRESSURE in the OR for the entire procedure, and laparoscopy should generally not be used

Fair Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources in the Time of Covid-19
6 Recommendations from those who specialize in Ethics, Public Health, & Medical Law

NEJM Coronavirus Summary - The New England Journal of Medicine 
This is a central site for all NEJM coverage of Coronavirus

Practical recommendations for critical care and anesthesiology teams caring for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) patients - Springer Link
This is a good review of the necessary PPE requirements

The Internet Book of Critical Care
A great review including the primary clinical characteristics of both major strains

Care for Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19 - Jama Network
Resources to help you care for these patients in a critical care setting

Clinical Characteristics of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in China
published 2/28/2020, with an associated editorial from the head of NIAID, NIH, and CDC

First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States
First Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States - Published 3/5/2020

Contamination: a comparison of 2 personal protective systems
Shows where folks are likely to have inadvertent contamination; from Canada, after SARS

Public health interventions and epidemic intensity during the 1918 influenza pandemic
Particularly useful to show how different social distancing affected the number of people who were ill and died

Findings of lung ultrasonography of novel corona virus pneumonia during the 2019-2020 epidemic
Use of POCUS of the lung to facilitate rapid assessment of the severity of lung disease in COVID-19

N95 Filtering Facemask Respirator Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) Process for Decontamination and Reuse  - Nebraska Medicine 

News Articles

An updated guide to the coronavirus drugs and vaccines in development - Stat

I Lived Through SARS and Reported on Ebola. These are the Questions We Should be Asking About Coronavirus
The author emphasizes that how you ask the question is critical

 Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
The author provides an excellent scientific overview of the nature of exponential spread, and why every day makes a difference

The Extraordinary Decisions Facing Italian Doctors
Triage on a scale most of us have never considered

The Korean Clusters
How one person was able to infect over 1000 in South Korea

These Common Household Products Can Destroy the Novel Coronavirus
What works, and why, and why you don't need to stockpile toilet paper 

How Epidemics like Covid-19 End (and how to end them faster)
Interactive graphics from the Washington Post showing how diseases spread

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”
Interactive graphics from the Washington Post showing how quarantine and social distancing can slow the progress of disease

COVID-19 less severe in children than adults: study - AAP News 
Summary of recent study of covid19 in children in Wuhan

Websites & Blogs

The Coronavirus Dashboard
Created by a 17 year old student, updated every few minutes based on published results 

Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful
Non-medical explanation of why the virus has gone so far so fast.

We Need a Hard Pause, Followed by a Soft Start

Brief discussion about what we do as we start to ease the current restrictions.

Hopkins Dashboard 
Data organized by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins.  Updated at least daily

Epigenetic testing to track mutations and spread of virus
The “genealogy” of the virus, based on RNA samples

Cryptic Transmission of Novel Coronavirus
An easy to understand explanation of mutations and how to track spread

Flatten The Curve
Explanation of how this works, from a expert in vaccines and infectious disease

COVID-19 Information for Anesthesia Providers
This review includes useful videos about appropriate PPE use, donning/doffing of PPE, and a graphic of who does what for an OR case

Environmental Protection Agency
The direct link to  “List N:  Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2”

Highlights of Expert Panel on COVID-19 from Harvard, MIT, Mass General Hospital - Just Security
Good review of issues addressing commonly asked question

The Incubation Period of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) From Publicly Reported Confirmed Cases: Estimation and Application - Annals of Internal Medicine 


COVID-19 How to Use One Ventilator to Save Multiple Lives
An ER physician shows how to set up one ventilator for either 2 or 4 patients simultaneously.  Related research article at:

Talking to and Supporting Children During a Pandemic
Helping clinicians understand how to talk to and support children during the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to help parents talk to their children.

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