2019 Novel Coronavirus Nurse Resources

Last updated: November 2, 2021
A Message from Anne Dabrow Woods,
Chief Nurse, Health Learning, Research & Practice
Wolters Kluwer
In late 2019, a novel or new coronavirus was identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China (World Health Organization [WHO], 2020a), which caused illness and death around the world. This new virus outbreak, a "public health emergency of international concern," was then declared a “global pandemic” by the WHO in early 2020.

New information about COVID-19 is being discovered and shared regularly. Here are important resources from expert sources to get you and your team up-to-date with the latest information, treatment and management strategies.


Access COVID-19 nurse resources from leading health organizations like the CDC, WHO and Wolters Kluwer.


These webinars address current evidence and practical knowledge related to COVID-19. Attend these webinars and you can earn Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) credit.

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Administering an Intramuscular Injection

During this public health emergency, the team at Wolters Kluwer is providing free access to our video, Administering an Intramuscular Injection, as a resource. In this example, administration of a pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine is performed.

Cross Training Collection for Critical Care & Progressive Care Nursing

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have been presented with new opportunities to care for patients and support nursing colleagues in settings less familiar to you, including critical care or progressive care units. Here are the tools and resources you need to provide safe and effective care.

Nursing Blog Posts

Learn more about how to treat COVID-19 across patient types and how to preserve staying power as a nurse during this pandemic.


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Free Infographics & Posters

Our infographics and posters offer clear information about the COVID-19 virus as well as patient education resources.

Nursing Pocket Cards

These quick-read pocket cards provide nurses with the vital reminders needed to provide safe, effective care during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Our COVID-19 nursing podcasts include expert interviews on a variety of clinical and workforce-related topics. We discuss tips for addressing many of the common challenges facing nurses during this pandemic.


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Calming the COVID-19 Storm: Q&A Podcast Series

Listen to our clinical experts answer questions that were submitted by attendees of the webcast, Calming the COVID-19 Storm: Delivering Effective Clinical and Nursing Care.

Journal Articles & Resources

Discover journal articles and resources that detail how COVID-19 spreads and how you can stay safe during this crisis.
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Lippincott Nursing Education

We share free resources that will help nurse educators and students navigate changes in nursing education.

Lippincott Solutions

We offer free 60-day full access to Lippincott procedures, including rapid onboarding for COVID-19 to help provide your nursing team the information they need to provide safe and effective care for your patients.

Lippincott Professional Development Collection

Get free access to courses that address treatment of COVID-19 complications such as sepsis, kidney injury and respiratory failure.

Joanna Briggs Institute

Download the JBI COVID-19 Special Collection at no charge. The institute provides health professionals and health organizations with the best available evidence on infection prevention and control measures.

Australian Resources

Freely access COVID-19 resources provided by Australian governmental organizations. Get case statistics, clinical advice and learn how the Australian government is managing the outbreak.

Changes in Licensure and Scope of Practice from State Boards of Nursing

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What Is The 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

coronavirus-2.jpgCoronaviruses, a large family of viruses named for their spiked surfaces that resemble crowns, can cause a range of symptoms from the common cold to severe respiratory illness. The new coronavirus disease, abbreviated COVID-19, appears to be highly contagious. You may recall the public health crises that occurred with the outbreaks of two other coronaviruses that originated in animals and subsequently infected people: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) in 2002 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) in 2012.

As two points of comparison, over an eight month period (November 2002 to July 2003), there were over 8,000 cases of SARS-CoV, with over 770 fatalities (WHO, 2003), roughly a 10% mortality rate. To date, MERS-CoV has affected over 2,400 people in 27 countries, including over 850 deaths (WHO, 2020b), with an approximate mortality rate of 35%.

The 2019 novel coronavirus, previously called “2019-nCoV” is now termed SARS-CoV-2 due to its similar genetic make-up to SARS-CoV.

Symptoms and Outcomes

COVID-19 causes symptoms such as fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, body aches, nasal congestion, sore throat or diarrhea (WHO, 2020a). Symptoms may be mild and appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure (CDC, 2020).

Most people (80%) will fully recover without needing special treatment, while one out of six people will become very ill (WHO, 2020a). Older individuals and those with underlying medical problems like cardiac disease, lung disorders or diabetes, are at a higher risk of developing serious illness.

Preventing COVID-19

COVID-19 can spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth when a person with the disease coughs or exhales. It is important to stay 6 feet away from any person who is sick, to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand rub, to avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, and face with unwashed hands.

Vigilant infection control practices coupled with early identification and treatment may help prevent the spread of this virus and potentially decrease the morbidity and mortality that has resulted from its predecessors.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

World Health Organization (2003). Summary of probable SARS cases with onset of illness from 1 November 2002 to 31 July 2003. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/csr/sars/country/table2004_04_21/en/