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COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) Information Guide

This guide is a living document. More content will be added as new information and resources become available and as the COVID-19 situation develops. Last updated: Oct 12, 2021

Resources for treating and managing

This page contains evidence-based resources to support the clinical treatment and public health management of COVID-19:


Quick ICU Training for COVID-19:  Quick reference & study guide for non-intensive care clinicians who are working in ICU settings

For Canadian physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other health professionals who need to upskill, renew, or review critical care knowledge due to COVID-19. Training resource includes quick reference cards, short lectures, videos, and more.

Topics covered: airway, breathing, circulation, disability/sedation, PPE, general ICU care, pandemic triage guidelines.

(Created by clinicians, educators, and scientists from the University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Ottawa, Unity Health Toronto, Sinai Health System, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Updated regularly).  

Evidence-based Synthesis Resources - Systematic & Rapid Reviews

Diagnosis & Treatment: Point of Care Information

Management: Prevention & Control, Screening & Testing, Reporting

Click the different tabs to see key links to various resources for screening, acute, palliative, and longterm care settings, using PPE, telemedicine, ethics, and more.

Ontario Ministry of Health

Infection Prevention and Control Hubs

Health Canada



Hospital readiness checklist for COVID-19


NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

These Treatment Guidelines have been developed to inform clinicians how to care for patients with COVID-19. Guidelines will be updated frequently as published data and other authoritative information becomes available. Subject areas include: overview, critical care, antiviral therapy, immune-based therapy, antithrombotic therapy, and concomitant medications.

National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI)

Vaccine Delivery Plan around the Globe

Health Canada

Public Health Ontario

To prevent asymptomatic individuals from unknowingly spreading COVID-19covid 19 in the workplace. Currently, any organization  permitted to open under the Reopening Ontario Act and where individuals must be physically present on site may be eligible to participate in the program.




Health Canada


Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)

Brigham and Women's Hospital

  • COVID-19 clinical guidelines
    • A searchable, 18-chapter protocol guide from Brigham and Women's Hospital covering topics from Clinical Course to specialty-specific guidelines. Also contains quick guides and links.

Toronto Covid Collective

  • Contains sections on Workflow, Management, Remote Monitoring, and Patient-centred Care.

Infographic from BMJ on COVID-19 remote consultations

(Infographic used with permission).

Ontario Ministry of Health​

Public Health Ontario

  • COVID-19: Infection Prevention and Control Checklist for Long-Term Care and Retirement Homes

    • Created on April 29, 2020, this checklist was created for individuals trained or working under those trained in infection prevention and control (IPAC) in conducting IPAC assessments related to COVID-19 in long-term care and retirement
      homes. It can be used during in-person or virtual visits to provide advice on preparedness and management
      of COVID-19. It can also be used by those working in or supporting long-term care or retirement homes
      for self-assessment and to guide policies, procedures, preparedness and response planning.

Ontario Government 

  • COVID-19: visiting long-term care homes

    • This COVID-19 Visiting Policy (policy) is provided to support homes in implementing the requirements in Directive #3 to safely receive visitors while protecting residents, staff and visitors from the risk of COVID-19. This policy is effective Oct 7, 2020.

BC Centre for Disease Control

  • Long Term Care Facilities & Assisted Living

    • Provided by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, this site offers guidance for long-term care facilities including use of personal protective equipment, screening for symptoms, visitors, cleaning and transfers.

Alberta Health Services

  • Guidelines on limiting interactions between patients/residents, families and visitors, as well as physicians and staff providing their care.

Government of Canada

Centre for Disease Control

  • Preparing for COVID-19: Long-term Care Facilities, Nursing Homes 

    • Created by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), this website offers information on topics including: interim guidance for nursing homes
      things facilities should do now, and when there are cases in the community.

  • Infection Prevention and Control Assessment Tool for Nursing Homes Preparing for COVID-19

    • Created by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and designed for nursing homes, long term care homes and health departments, this assessment tool is intended to help these institutions to prepare a response plan for COVID-19. Some of the areas covered in the ICAR (Infection Control Assessment and Response) include visitor restriction, education, monitoring, and screening of residents, ensuring availability of PPE and other supplies, and more.

Canadian Medical Association

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The Hastings Center

World Health Organization (WHO)

From the WHO Global Health Ethics. Includes statements by national ethics committees, international organizations, and professional organizations.

AMA Journal of Ethics

Includes articles, podcasts, webinars, and other resources.


College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO):

COVID-19 FAQS for Physicians  (Last updated Sept 23, 2021)

Contains FAQs regarding pandemic-related practice issues:

  • providing care
  • COVID-19 vaccines
  • supporting the support response system
  • physician safety
  • prescribing
  • professionalism and complaints
  • critical care triage

Joule CPG Infobase

Joule (CMA) clinical practice guidelines search results for MeSH COVID-19, aggregates results from various Canadian professional medical associations

American Medical Association

A Physician's Guide to COVID-19 is compiled from CDC, JAMA and WHO resources. Topics include:

  • Preparing your practice
  • Infection prevention for staff
  • Diagnosis and treatment
  • Communicating with patients
  • Telemedicine


Index of clinical guidelines posted on MedScape, from a variety of sources including government bodies and professional organizations. Topics include:

  • Specialty-specific - Oncology, obstetrics, cardiology, ophthalmology
  • Airway management/respirators
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Nursing homes
  • Sample collection and testing

Institution for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

IHI has cultivated a list of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) guidance and resources. Topic sections include:

  • Resources for physicians and other healthcare professionals
  • Hospital and health system administrators
  • Testing
  • Regulation and reimbursement
  • Vaccine hesitancy
  • Surge assessment tools
  • Staff shortages

CADTH COVID-19 Resources

Rapid responses, reports, and other guidance from CADTH and other health organizations on topics such as:

  • prevention
  • infection control
  • screening and testing
  • mental health
  • ethics


Essential Evidence Plus COVID-19 Research Briefs, created by the CMA/Joule team. They are working closely with Dr. Mark Ebell, Editor-in-Chief of EE+ and the team at Wiley Publishing to share current research summaries with physicians.

Government of Ontario

  • Resources to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace issued by the Ontario government. Includes sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario.
  • COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector published by the Ministry of Health Ontario provides guidance includes case definition, travel,  sand vaccine-related information and planning resources.

Health Canada

Health Canada toolkit: COVID-19 and substance use 

Provides information to support health care providers to understand their options in providing care for their patients who use drugs during the pandemic.

Government of Canada

Remdesivir authorized with conditions for the treatment of patients in Canada with severe COVID-19 symptoms -  The Government of Canada has issued an advisory as of July 28, 2020 that Health Canada has approved of the drug remdesivir to be used as a method of treatment for patients who have "severe symptoms of COVID-19 who have pneumonia and require extra oxygen to help them breathe".

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada's national economic response plan on supporting Canadians, businesses, industries, organizations, and for provinces and territories. 


Search all published guidelines related to COVID-19

Other Health Organizations:

Vaccine Rollout

Policy Predictors & Trackers



COVID-19 Acute and Intensive Care Resource Tool (CAIC-RT)

An online tool capable of estimating the maximum daily number of incident COVID-19 cases that a healthcare system could manage based on:

  • age-based case distribution and severity
  • number of available acute and critical care resources

(See instructions on how to use the CAIC-RT)

Developed by Vasily Giannakeas, MPH (Women's College Research Institute, Women's College Hospital), Deepit Bhatia, MPH (Dalla Lana School of Public Healthh, University of Toronto), Matthew T. Warkentin, MSc (Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System), Isaac I. Bogoch, MD (Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto), and Nathan M. Stall, MD (Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Sinai Health System)

Professional Development - Learning and Training Resources

Henry Stewart Talks

Henry Stewart Talks Ltd (HSTalks) is a leading provider of specially prepared, animated, online, audio-visual lectures, seminar-style talks and case studies for medical schools, business schools universities and commercial enterprises in over 60 countries around the world.

Past HST COVID-19 interviews: