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Hot Topics: Coronavirus (COVID-19): General Info on Covid-19

A research guide on the coronavirus

General Info on Covid-19

Below are lists of sources for introductory information on Covid-19 as well as the websites for authorities on the virus. You'll also find resources for those facing homelessness and tips for coping through the pandemic.

Please contact Lindsay Decker with any questions or suggestions.

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COVID-19 and Homelessness


Detection and Prevention

Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Know the symptoms of COVID-19, which can include the following:

  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell


Symptoms can range from mild to severe illness, and appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

*Seek medical care immediately if someone has emergency warning signs of COVID-19.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone


This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

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Coping During an Outbreak

Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak WHO UN infographic

[Header] World Health Organization Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak

[Content] It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis.
Talking to people you trust can help. Contact your friends and family.

If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle - including proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts with loved ones at home and by email and phone with other family and friends.

Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions.
If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor. Have a plan, where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.

Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as WHO website or, a local or state public health agency.

Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.

Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging time of this outbreak.

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