The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March 2020. The situation is evolving rapidly with global case counts and deaths increasing each day.

 Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a potentially severe acute respiratory infection caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. The clinical presentation is that of a respiratory infection with a symptom severity ranging from a mild common cold-like illness, to a severe viral pneumonia leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome that is potentially fatal.


 BMJ – Best Practice – Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Includes a key summary and overview includes; key diagnostic factors, risk factors, diagnostic investigations, intiital & acute management, complications and more.

Patient Information leaflet – Patient information leaflet from BMJ ( COVID-19)


 BMJ COVID-19 Hub All BMJ coverage of the coronavirus outbreak from across the BMJ’s journals and learning resources. 

 Oxford Covid-19 Evidence Service The CEBM has committed its skills and expertise in evidence synthesis and dissemination to the effort against the current COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated regularly.  

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Public Health Link:

PHA Health Protection Duty Team 0300 555 0119

For clinical advice

On-call Infectious Disease consultant via Newcastle Upon Tyne switchboard on 0191 233 6161.

(aged less than 16 years) Contact Paediatric Infectious Diseases via Belvoir ward, RBHSC, on 028 9615 0346 / 028 9615 0347.

GOV.UK Links
COVID-19: guidance for health professionals

Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases

Coronavirus image & poster resources