Welcome to the COVID-19 Research Guide. This guide is designed to help researchers, students, practitioners and the general public find materials on the ongoing COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) Library and on other recommended websites.

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Rachel Sawyer

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Selected NETC Library resources

Journal articles and reports

Containing COVID-19: The Canadian fire service is all hands on deck in this pandemic with a focus on delivering service while maintaining member and public safety
Each province and territory reacted to the outbreak in various ways at different times. Fire chiefs across the country worked to sort out how to minimize the risk of infected individuals to their members, work with available personal protective equipment in light of shortages, and remain ready to serve their communities.
Catalog record | Article
COVID-19 pandemic operational guidance for the 2020 hurricane season
Outlines how the Federal Emergency Management Agency plans to adapt response and recovery operations to the realities, risks and anticipated challenges of COVID-19.
Catalog record | Document
Guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19
Guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative and work practice controls, and personal protective equipment.
Catalog record | Document
Managing wildfires and prescribed burns in a pandemic
As the result of COVID-19, firefighters will readopt early techniques by responding to small fires and eliminating controlled burns.
Catalog record
The pandemic arrives: EMS faces COVID-19
Unprecedented protective measures taken within EMS systems, across the galaxy of healthcare, and in virtually all other industries seem destined to outlive the outbreak and yield benefits against future occurrences.
Catalog record | Article
Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis
This article's findings support physical distancing of 1 meter or more and provide quantitative estimates for models and contact tracing to inform policy. Optimum use of face masks, respirators and eye protection in public and health care settings should be informed by these findings and contextual factors.
Catalog record | Document
We're in disaster mode: Will lessons from the pandemic change emergency response forever?
Responders everywhere have faced degrees of the same overwhelming challenge: how to handle an unprecedented surge in sick and contagious patients while dealing with dwindling manpower and severe shortages in supplies. In the U.S. especially, these problems have only exacerbated longstanding concerns about how departments are staffed, supplied and funded.
Catalog record | Article


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Book cover: Handbook for pandemic and mass-casualty planning and response
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