Finding the evidence: Coronavirus

PHE Knowledge and Library Services (KLS) has produced this page to help those, working on the current coronavirus outbreak, to identify and access emerging evidence as it is published.

This page is produced by Public Health England as a resource for professionals working in public health, librarians and information professionals.

Most of the resources are freely accessible but some may ask for an OpenAthens sign-in. It is therefore important that your OpenAthens details are up-to-date. PHE staff unable to access an article or resource can email for assistance. Non-PHE staff are advised to contact their local health librarian for support if necessary.

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There are six ways to keep up to date with the latest advice, guidance, and research about COVID-19:

  1. Official daily government update
  2. PHE COVID-19 Rapid Reviews
  3. PHE Knowledge and Library Services COVID-19 Alert
  4. PHE COVID-19 Literature Digest
  5. PHE Behavioural Science Reference Cell weekly literature report
  6. PHE Knowledge and Library Service Weekly Care Homes evidence digest


1. Government daily status updates

Daily updates about the status of COVID-19 in the UK published by Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care.

2. PHE COVID-19 Rapid Reviews

The PHE COVID-19 Evidence team produces rapid reviews and evidence summaries on COVID-19-related topics, details of which are available on this page, along with contact details for the team.

3. COVID-19 Alert - PHE Knowledge and Library Service

PHE Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak. If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains the latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

4. PHE COVID-19 Literature Digest

The PHE COVID-19 Literature Digest team produces an evidence digest three times per week, which contains evidence from journal articles, both published and in press/preprints. Please note that preprints are preliminary reports of work that have NOT been peer-reviewed. They should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behaviour and should NOT be reported in news media as established information. The evidence is organised into 8 themes (serology and immunology, diagnostics, genomics, epidemiology and clinical, infection control, treatment, and modelling). If you want to be added to the email distribution list, please send a request to and you will receive the latest literature digest (now produced Monday, Wednesday and Friday) straight to your inbox. Below are links to all the issues:

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5. PHE Behavioural Science Reference Cell Literature Report

The PHE Behavioural Science Reference Cell produces a weekly literature report capturing a range of COVID-19-related work in the field of behavioural science. Below are links to all the issues:

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6. PHE Knowledge and Library Service Weekly Care Homes Evidence Digest

This weekly digest contains a selection of evidence published in the preceding 7 days, in relation to the prevention and control of COVID-19 in home care/care home settings. A number of Covid-19 review repositories, an existing PHE Covid-19 evidence digest, Ovid Medline and Embase, Social Care Online, medRxiv (pre-print server) and various websites are searched. Below are links to all the issues:

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UK Government

  • The Government has published a roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Wider impacts of COVID-19 on Health (WICH) monitoring tool brings together metrics to assess the wider impacts of COVID-19 on health.

Public Health England

  • PHE has produced a collection of guidance for health professionals.

PHE and NPIS COVID-19 Toxicovigilance and Chemical Surveillance Summary Report

  • Public Health England (PHE) has undertaken an analysis of their chemical incident data and UK poisoning data provided by the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS) to evaluate whether there are any potential public health risks related to toxic substances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Health Foundation

  • The Health Foundation has created a regularly updated COVID-19 policy tracker, documenting national government and health and social care system responses to COVID-19 in England, and how they change over time.


  • Coronavirus guidance for clinicians and NHS managers. Contains information for Primary care, Secondary care and Community health, social care, mental health trusts and ambulance services.

Association of Directors of Public Health

  • This document is intended to outline principles for the design of COVID-19 Local Outbreak Plans, which are intended to: build on existing plans to manage outbreaks in specific settings, ensure the challenges of COVID-19 are understood, consider the impact on local communities and ensure the wider system capacity supports Directors of Public Health.

Health Education England

  • Up-to-date guidance and information from HEE, NHS England and NHS Improvement as well as the government to help health professionals, HEE staff and the public respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Institute of Health Visiting

Local Government Association

Health Foundation

  • Policy tracker which provides a description and timeline of national policy and health system responses to COVID-19 in England. The full tracker includes data on what changes have been introduced, when, why, and by whom – as well as how these changes have been communicated by policymakers.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

  • RCOG has published guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.

Centre for Evidence-Based Dermatology

  • This is a regularly updated collection of guidelines, web resources and journal articles on coronavirus relevant to skin diseases and dermatology.

Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)

  • SAGE provides scientific and technical advice to support government decision-makers during emergencies.

These resources have been produced by international and UK based organisations to support the management of COVID-19:

World Health Organization

  • Provides information regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
  • Includes:
    • Country and Technical Guidance. Covers topics such as country readiness, patient management, risk communication and community engagement, surveillance and case definitions, infection prevention and control in health care facilities, disease commodity package, laboratory guidance, early investigations, and reduction of transmission from animals to humans.
    • Public advice

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence): Rapid guidelines and evidence reviews

  • The guidelines are developed in collaboration with NHS England and NHS Improvement and a cross-speciality clinical group, supported by the specialist societies and royal colleges. Rapid evidence reviews that have been prioritised will look at whether certain medicines may increase the severity or length of COVID-19 illness.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • CDC is one of the major operating components of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Their COVID-19 Dashboard includes United States orientated public advice, guidance and data related to COVID-19.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

European Commission - action and response

  • Contains information on the European Commission's efforts to coordinate a common European response  to the coronavirus outbreak

International Association of National Public Health Institutes

  • A list of publicly available resources, links and documents related to the COVID-19 response, as well as a list of publicly available web pages and documents detailing responses of their member organisations.

International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV)

  • Information about the classification (taxonomy) of the new virus.

Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) Novel Coronavirus Resources

  • This page by ASPR (Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response) highlights resources identified or developed to address current response and recovery operations to novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). 

FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness

  • News and information about emergency preparedness, protection, and response training.


  • The MEDBOX team has compiled a collection of the most important guidelines and resources, situation reports, communication tools, laboratory guidance, etc.

Elsevier Novel Coronavirus Information Center

  • Here you will find curated information for the research and health community on SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus) and COVID-19 (the disease). This includes information published in Mandarin Chinese, from sources including the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis

  • These pages provide all output from the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team, including publicly published online reports, planning tools, scientific resources, publications and video updates. 

The Sphere standards and the Coronavirus response

  • The Sphere movement aims to improve the quality of humanitarian work during disaster response. They have provided information on how individuals, communities and humanitarian actors best respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The document has two sections:
    1. The first section covers fundamental principles which are crucial to a successful, holistic intervention.
    2. The second covers relevant standards and guidance in the handbook’s Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) and Health chapters.

Health Information and Quality Authority

  • HIQA’s Health Technology Assessment (HTA) team have created a  Database of public health guidance on COVID-19 produced by international organisations and curated by theme.

The current COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented in modern times and the scale and complexity of the response required is unique from any other incident.

With its expertise in virology and epidemiology, and the well-developed public health infrastructure within England, PHE is uniquely placed to undertake a number of initiatives to better understand and predict future trends in COVID-19.

The COVID-19 register provides details of PHE led studies that have taken place since February 2020. It includes only PHE led studies and not collaborative studies led by non-PHE investigators.

The register will be updated every two months. Last updated: 12th June 2020.

Publisher Collections

  • Many major publishers of medical journals have made coronavirus-related content freely available.
  • Links to these, and further information can be found in this document.


PHE Knowledge and Library Services have compiled a coronavirus book collection, for PHE staff. If PHE staff would like to make a book purchase suggestion you may do so by emailing

Evidence Collections

The following organisations are providing access to rapid reviews, evidence syntheses, and specialist topics related to COVID-19:

Cochrane Special Collections

  • This page highlights content from the Cochrane Library relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Together with their partners, Cochrane have created this living mapping of ongoing Covid-19 research followed by a living network meta-analysis of study results as soon as they are available.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

  • NICE has started producing rapid guidelines and evidence reviews and these are listed on this page.

Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service

  • The Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) is producing evidence syntheses to answer clinical questions about COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated regularly.

Evidence Aid

  • Evidence Aid specialises in collating and summarising the best available evidence about how to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies. They are working with global partners and a team of information specialists to identify systematic reviews that might be relevant to interventions for COVID-19, interventions that might help health and social care services to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 response on other health conditions and healthcare interventions, and the impact of COVID-19 on non-health outcomes (e.g. jobs and the economy). The summaries are available in English, with links to translations in other languages.

The Strategy Unit

  • Evidence summaries and analysis produced by five collaborating organisations (the Health Foundation; King’s Fund; Nuffield Trust; and two specialist NHS analytical teams, Imperial College Health Partners and the Strategy Unit.)

EPPI-Centre: a living systematic map of the evidence

  • An up-to-date map of the current evidence partitioned into broad domains for easy exploration.

Ireland National Health Library and Knowledge Service (NHL&KS)

  • Evidence summaries, rapid reviews and clinical guidance information produced by the NHL&KS.

Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), Ireland

  • HIQA's evidence summaries are undertaken at the request of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to inform national strategic decision-making.

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)

  • CADTH produce a series of reports on topics related to COVID-19, including prevention, infection control, screening and testing, treatment, and mental health.

COVID-19 Data Index

  • This site hosts a metadata catalogue of COVID-19 data sets, ranging from clinical, sociodemographic, environmental, economic and mobility data to case statistics and genomic sequences.

The PHE Knowledge and Library Services Team has compiled a Guide to Covid-19 Rapid Review Collections, to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort.

If you need assistance with developing and running searches, PHE staff can contact If you would like a specialist to undertake a search for you please log into our Knowledge and Library Service Enquiries Portal to submit a literature search request.

Non-PHE staff are advised to contact their local health librarian for support if necessary.

Database searching

The following sections provide support for searching databases and search engines to find the evidence on COVID-19.

This Guide to Covid-19 Rapid Review Collections has been created by the PHE Knowledge and Library services team. It is a reference guide to organisations who produce rapid reviews or evidence summaries on COVID-19 topics. Its purpose is to enable the quick discovery of evidence to answer research questions. It is made available so that those who intend to undertake reviews can check the evidence base before doing so, thus avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort. Please note that it is not an exhaustive list.

PROSPERO is the international prospective register of systematic reviews. Before registering a new systematic review, check PROSPERO and the resources on COVID-END to see whether a similar review already exists.

The L·OVE platform for COVID-19 Evidence stands for Living OVerview of Evidence. The word ‘living’ describes a system that is updated as soon as new evidence becomes available. It maps and organizes all the best evidence on COVID-19. This resource is part of the Epistemonikos multilingual database of health evidence, the largest source of systematic reviews relevant for health-decision making, and a large source of other types of scientific evidence.

The World Health Organization is gathering the latest scientific findings and knowledge on coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) and compiling it in a database. The database is updated daily from searches of bibliographic databases, including preprints, hand searches of the table of contents of relevant journals, and the addition of other relevant scientific articles. 

Google and Google Scholar are two popular information sources, but there are also some bibliographic databases, such as PubMed, Medline, Embase, Global Health, and Global Index Medicus, which support more advanced searching and provide access to relevant biomedical journals. More information about accessing databases is available here.

Search terms

To search these resources, it is important to use the right terminology. This is not an exhaustive list of search terms, as the terminology is changing regularly, but it is a starting point, and a combination of these terms can be used to search

  • coronavirus*
  • coronovirus*
  • "Coronavirus"
  • "Coronavirus Infections"
  • "Wuhan coronavirus"
  • Wuhan
  • "2019-nCoV"
  • COVID-19
  • CORVID-19
  • CONVID-19
  • WN-CoV
  • HCoV-19
  • "novel coronavirus"
  • "new coronavirus"
  • CoV
  • 2019 novel
  • new coronavirus
  • ncov
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • SARSCov19
  • ncov*wuhan
  • (outbreak* OR "respiratory illness" OR "respiratory disease" OR respiratory symptom* OR seafood market OR food market OR wildlife) and (Wuhan OR China OR Chinese)

Search strategies

A number of organisations have developed search strategies to make it easier for people to find the evidence on freely-available information sources:

Public Health England

  • PHE Knowledge and Library Services Team has developed (and updated on 06/04/2020) a search strategy specifically for PubMed an openly accessible database of biomedical literature, produced by the U.S. National Library or Medicine:
coronavirus*[Title] OR coronovirus*[Title] OR coronoravirus*[Title] OR coronaravirus*[Title] OR corono-virus*[Title] OR corona-virus*[Title] OR “Coronavirus”[Mesh] OR “Coronavirus Infections”[Mesh] OR “Wuhan coronavirus” [Supplementary Concept] OR COVID-19[Title] OR CORVID-19[Title] OR “2019nCoV”[Title] OR “2019-nCoV”[Title] OR WN-CoV[Title] OR nCoV[Title] OR “SARS-CoV-2”[Title] OR HCoV-19[Title] OR “novel coronavirus”[Title] OR (pneumonia[Title/Abstract] OR outbreak*[Title/Abstract] OR respiratory-illness*[Title/Abstract] OR respiratory- disease*[Title/Abstract] OR respiratory-symptom*[Title/Abstract] OR respiratory-infection*[Title/Abstract] OR food-market*[Title/Abstract] OR wild-life[Title/Abstract] OR sea-food[Title/Abstract]) AND (Wuhan[Title/Abstract] OR China[Title/Abstract] OR Chinese[Title/Abstract])
  • For quicker results, a less systematic search is available here.
  • Filtered search results on the treatment of COVID-2, are available here.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

  • NICE has developed and updated a search strategy for OVID Medline database. This is available here.

Disaster Lit ®

  • This is a guide to disaster medicine and public health emergency literature and related information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center. Disaster Lit ® pulls in grey literature about the coronavirus, from sources including the World Health Organization, Centers for World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Public Health England.

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)

CADTH has developed a set of literature searching tools for COVID-19, which include search strings, and links to grey literature resources.

Google Scholar

  • Dr Wichor Bramer from Erasmus MC the Netherlands has created this search strategy, which can be cut and pasted into Google Scholar:
2019nCoV|"2019 nCoV|CoV|coronavirus"|"2019 novel|new coronavirus|cov"|"wuhan coronavirus|cov|ncov|outbreak" |"wuhan*coronavirus|cov|ncov|outbreak" |"wuhan**coronavirus|cov|ncov|outbreak"|"coronavirus|cov|ncov*wuhan"

Ovid Expert Searches

  • OVID provides access to databases such as Medline and Embase. This page provides hints, advice and suggestions about how search strategies might be built.

GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network)

  • Using the Ovid medical research platform, Wolters Kluwer developed two Expert Searches focused on Wuhan coronavirus. The Gideon Database has been enabled for all NHS Athens accounts nationally until the end of April. (Please note that the link to GIDEON is in the menu bar at the top, not in the list of Ovid products). A tutorial is available here.

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

The U.S. National Library of Medicine produces the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) thesaurus, a controlled and hierarchically-organized vocabulary, used for indexing, cataloguing, and searching of biomedical and health-related information. Here are some multi-language versions of MeSH:

Live Literature Searches

To reduce duplication of effort and maintain consistency in searching, librarians are sharing their search strategies, so that they can be re-used and adapted by other searchers:

Systematic Review Support

Rayyan is a free web application to help systematic review authors create systematic reviews and collaborate on them. They have created a public Rayyan review, made up of the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, published by the Allen Institute for AI. The dataset contains over 45,000 scholarly articles, including over 33,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses. Once logged in, the review is in the "Other Reviews" tab (called "Review containing the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset"). The references can be viewed and exported in order to create systematic reviews.

Clinical Trials

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Innovation Observatory

  • Daily updates are provided in their dashboard of clinical trials in the pipeline for potential Coronavirus (COVID-19) treatments. They are collecting information on SARS-CoV-2 tests currently in development or commercially available for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

EU Clinical Trials Register

  • The European Union Clinical Trials Register allows you to search for protocol and results information on:
    • Interventional clinical trials that are conducted in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA);
    • Clinical trials conducted outside the EU / EEA that are linked to European paediatric-medicine development.

Cochrane COVID-19 Trials Register

Cytel COVID-19 Clinical Trial Tracker

  • The dashboard uses data from WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, the European Clinical Trials Registry,, the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry, the German Clinical Trials registry, the Japan Primary Registries Network, the Iranian Clinical Trial Registry, and the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry.

Research Projects

The UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) and GLoPID-R

  • A live database tracking newly-funded research projects, across the world, to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Science – Dimensions

  • Updated once every 24 hours, so the latest research can be viewed alongside existing information. Research outputs include datasets and clinical trials. The aim is to allow access to the latest research information as quickly as possible.

Trusted sources from Health Education England

  • The NHS Library and Knowledge Services team at Health Education England has collated information and resources on Covid-19 from trusted sources which librarians, health and care staff, teachers, voluntary organisations can be confident to share with patients, clients and families. It includes information tailored for children and young people, older people, people who prefer information in British Sign Language (BSL) or Makaton and other accessible formats.

Information in other languages

  • Public Health England has translated the COVID-19 "Stay alert to stay safe" campaign posters into Bengali, Indian-Punjabi, Pakistani-Punjabi, Polish, Slovak, Somali, and Urdu. Topics include hand washing, limiting contact, keeping a safe distance, self isolation, and working from home.
  • The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has compiled a list of multi-language information for the public produced by European ministries of public health.
  • Yorkshire and Humber region specific Covid-19 information for migrants is available here. The site includes information in different languages and information about services in the region.
  • Doctors of the World - in partnership with with the Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice, this organisation has published information for patients in 48 languages.
  • Respond Crisis Translation has translated a 1-pager about preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Other sources of consumer health information

  • Coronavirus: the science explained - this site lays out the evidence and the facts about the virus, the disease, the epidemic, and its control. This website will be regularly updated with the latest scientific information behind the coronavirus outbreak.
  • EPI-WIN - WHO Information Network for Epidemic - provided by the World Health Organization, EPI-WIN seeks to give people access to timely accurate information from trusted sources, during a public health event, including COVID-19. This information will be tailored to different audiences and will answer pertinent questions as the event unfolds. It contains myth busters, advice, FAQs, and useful infographics.

Patient experience

Information about specific conditions



Hand hygiene

  • The NHS has an information page on how to wash your hands.
  • The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has produced some handwashing posters in different languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Portugese, Urdu.

The following organisations provide epidemiological information:

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

  • This resource contains epidemiology information alongside news and other information.

China Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Webpage tracking the epidemic in China.


  • Delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases. The system monitors, organizes, integrates, filters, visualizes and disseminates online information about emerging diseases in nine languages

Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering

  • An Interactive worldwide map of the COVID-19 epidemic, showing global numbers of cases and deaths.

The New Humanitarian

  • Website tracking the COVID-19 epidemic spread.

ProMED International Society for Infectious Diseases

  • Publicly-available system conducting global reporting of infectious diseases outbreaks.

Some online courses are freely available to improve knowledge about COVID-19:

Coronavirus: Learning for the health and care workforce (via e-Learning for Healthcare)

  • The programme has been created by Health Education England and includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus.Courses in the Coronavirus programme currently include:
    1. Essential Guidance from the NHS and Government
    2. Infection Prevention and Control
    3. Public Health England – Personal Protective Equipment
    4. Critical Care Resources

COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus

  • The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is offering a course called COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus. The course explains what is currently known about the disease outbreak, what the virus it is, how it is thought to spread, how to respond to it, and implications for the future. The course is free, lasts 3 weeks, and requires 4 hours of study per week.

COVID-19 Micro learning

  • The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has produced a series of micro-learning online sessions:
    1. What are non-pharmaceutical countermeasures in COVID-19 context?
    2. Which are the non-pharmaceutical countermeasures linked to Personal Protection?
    3. Which are the environmental non-pharmaceutical countermeasures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19?
    4. Which social distancing non-pharmaceutical countermeasures mitigate the impact of COVID-19?
    5. Which are the travel related countermeasures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19?

Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control

  • This World Health Organization course provides a general introduction to COVID-19 and emerging respiratory viruses and is intended for public health professionals, incident managers and personnel working for the United Nations, international organizations and NGOs.

FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness training materials

  • Dr. Richard Schwartz, MD, FACEP, gives a brief overview of the precautions and infection control considerations for Coronaviruses to include Corona Virus Disease 19 (COVID-19). This brief, three-part series provides an overview of coronaviruses, barrier precautions and controls for the viruses, and transportation and movement of patients who have or are suspected of having the virus.

Irish Global Health Network

  • Resources for health professionals and global health workers, this page brings together relevant published data from a global health perspective on the coronavirus outbreak.

Science Matters: Let’s talk about COVID19

  • Imperial College London has launched a free online course explaining the science behind the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak. It is free to participate and takes approximately 19 hours to complete.

Finding the Evidence Training

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

PHE Knowledge and Library Services

  • Knowledge and Library Services (KLS) provide a range of information skills training, which can be delivered in a group or one-to-one setting, face-to-face or via Skype. For further information please see here.

The following organisations provide fact checking on a variety of topics, including COVID-19:

Full Fact

  • A UK independent fact checking charity.

Reality Check

  • Fact checking by the BBC.


  • Fact checking by the Channel 4 News service.


  • Northern Irish, independent non-profit fact checking organisation.

  • A US-based fact checking project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters

  • WHO COVID-19 fact checking website that covers a wide variety of related topics.

Don’t feed the beast campaign

  • Information and guidance on misinformation from HM Government.

Cutting through the Covid-19 confusion

  • A set of resources from Ofcom to help provide people with the tools to navigate news and information about Covid-19.

The Network for Public Health Law has produced a primer outlining legal, policy and practical guidance to understand the Novel Coronavirus and its related public health emergency response.

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