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COVID-19: Home

A student resource guide to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 (World Health Organization).


To better understand key terms associated wit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, consult the Covid-19 Glossary.


Emily Oster (economics, Brown Univ.)  teams up with Galit Alter (medicine, Harvard Medical Sch.) and researchers and students at institutions including Brown, MIT, Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital to launch COVID Explained, a site that aims to provide unbiased, comprehensive information to help people make good decisions.


Coronavirus Map by Johns Hopkins CSSE

Map provides interaction and download of data.

Can I get the virus from  paper or books?

Read the answer here.

  • Project HOPE is an emotional support line for anyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you can call their direct helpline at 1-844-863-9314.

What are the Symptoms?


Stay Informed

Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and give yourself a break. It’s good to stay informed; it’s not so good to be bombarded by coverage (e.g., reading the same story multiple times). It can be more stressful than helpful. Consider asking yourself: how is this next news story helping me? You might try checking in on the news at scheduled times, and doing so with reliable sources like the CDC and WHO.


Center for Disease Control

World Health Organization


  • This guide is not to be used as medical advice. It is only for learning about coronavirus.
  • Please talk to your doctor if you feel sick and before you make health decisions.
  • Websites we link to from the guide might not be accessible.

Contact Information

If you have any additional questions or need assistance with your research, please contact a librarian today.

The Robert Block Library is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. 

Email to

Phone: 251-626-3303

Wash Your Hands


Hand Washing Tips


Blue Twitter logo next to information about coronavirus in social media.

Coronavirus on Twitter

Below are some Twitter accounts and hashtags to use when searching for Coronavirus information on Twitter. As always be wary of information that is not from a trusted source. Consider reviewing the latest information from the World Health Organization (@WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (@CDCgov@CDCtravel).


Select the hashtag links below to see news threads on the topic.

Note: If you're accessing this guide on your smartphone device and you have the Twitter app downloaded, these links will send you into the Twitter app interface for instant browsing.

#2019nCov         #COVID19        #Covid_19        #Covid-19

#hCov19            #AskWHO         #CDC               #coronavirus 


Social Distancing

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

For more information about social distancing, click here.