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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Trusted News Sources

Information and resources for people interested in learning about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Names of "Coronavirus"

Before this disease was officially named, it had been referred to by several names. 

Scholarly sources, use these terms:

  • COVID-19 
  • SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the Novel Coronavirus disease)
  • 2019-N-COV (scientific abbreviation for 2019 Novel Coronavirus)
  • Pandemic or Epidemic

News sources, use these terms:

  • Novel coronavirus
  • Wuhan coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • Pandemic or Epidemic

Writing about Coronavirus

Library Databases to Find Coronavirus News

Trusted News Sources

There is a big opportunity for misinformation to spread both intentionally and unintentionally whenever there is a rapidly developing news story, especially one that might be causing some fear and panic (see "Infodemic" top the right).  While it's always important to think about the quality of your sources, it becomes especially important in these situations.