COVID Tools/Resources:

Public Health:

Social Services

Crisis Lines/Mental Health Services 

  • Senior Safety Line
    • 1-866-299-1011
    • assists abused and at risk seniors
  • Connex Ontario Mental Health Helpline
    • 1-866-531-2600
    • www.connexontario.ca
  • otn.ca/bigwhitewall
    • online mental health supports
  • Bounce Back Ontario
    • assistance for adults and youth 15+ to manage symptoms of anxiety and depression; offers telephone coaching sessions
    • bouncebackontario.ca
    • 1-866-345-0224
  • Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
    • 416-486-8046/1-888-486-8236
    • Telephone Support Line-1-866-363-MOOD
  • Anxiety Disorders Association– 1-888-223-2252
  • Drug and Alcohol Helpline
    • 1-800-565-8603
    • drugandalcoholhelpline.ca
    • confidential information about drug and alcohol addiction and treatment programs
  • Detox and Withdrawal Central Access
    • 866-366-9513
    • information and referral to a detox or withdrawal management program
  • Mental Health Helpline
    • 1-866-531-2600
    • mentalhealthhelpline.ca
    • information and referrals on mental health services and supports
    • interpreters available

Mental Health

Mindfulness Resources  

  • Mindful Magazine
    • Currently offering free guided meditations
  • Meditation Oasis
    • There are many free guided meditation tracks that you can stream online, as well as some tracks and apps that are for sale.
  • Calm
    • Soothing and relaxing images and sounds
    • Has both free guided meditations and paid subscription options
    • Has app versions as well

Vitamin D and Covid-19

Palliative Care and COVID-19

  • COVID-19 Response – Free, online Palliative Care Modules
  • Basic pall care training for all medical and nursing students Free online training courses from reputable organizations like Pallium Canada (national, non-profit organization focused on building professional and community capacity to help improve the quality and accessibility of palliative care in Canada.)
  • https://www.pallium.ca/course/covid-19-response-free-online-modules/
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
  • COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community (2020)
  • https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng163
  • COVID-19 Symptoms Management
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in collaboration with NHS England and NHS Improvement. (2020). Managing COVID-19 symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community: summary of NICE guidelines
  • https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_3

Oncology Guidelines for Covid-19 and Palliative Care

  • Al-Shamsi HO, Alhazzani W, Alhuraiji A, et al. A Practical Approach to the Management of Cancer Patients During the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: An International Collaborative Group. Oncologist. 2020;25(6):e936-e945. doi:10.1634/theoncologist.2020-0213 
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7288661/

Respiratory Health and COVID-19

  • Canadian Thoracic Society: COVID-19: Information for Healthcare Professionals & the Respiratory Community, CTS Guidance Documents
  • https://cts-sct.ca/covid-19/
  • American Thoracic Society (ATS): ATS COVID-19 Resources
  • The ATS COVID-19 Resource Center provides free information to help healthcare providers, patients and their families manage a host of issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • https://www.thoracic.org/covid/index.php

Ophthalmological Findings in Covid-19

  • Dockery DM, Rowe SG, Murphy MA, Krzystolik MG. The Ocular Manifestations and Transmission of COVID-19: Recommendations for Prevention [published online ahead of print, 2020 May 8]. J Emerg Med. 2020;S0736-4679(20)30398-X. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2020.04.060
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7205711/
  • Raony Í, Saggioro de Figueiredo C. Retinal outcomes of COVID-19: Possible role of CD147 and cytokine storm in infected patients with diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2020;165:108280. doi:10.1016/j.diabres.2020.108280
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7314672/

Post-COVID-19 Rehabilitation

Exercises in the Community and COVID-19

Impacts of Anti-Asian Racism During Covid-19

  • Potential Impact of COVID-19-Related Racial Discrimination on the Health of Asian Americans. Chen JA, Zhang E, Liu CH. Am J Public Health. 2020 Sep 17:e1-e4. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305858. Online ahead of print. PMID: 32941063 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32941063/
  • Tessler H, Choi M, Kao G. The Anxiety of Being Asian American: Hate Crimes and Negative Biases During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Am J Crim Justice. 2020 Jun 10:1-11. doi: 10.1007/s12103-020-09541-5. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32837158; PMCID: PMC7286555. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32837158/
  • Psychological impact of anti-Asian stigma due to the COVID-19 pandemic: A call for research, practice, and policy responses. Misra S, Le PD, Goldmann E, Yang LH. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Jul;12(5):461-464. doi: 10.1037/tra0000821. Epub 2020 Jun 11. PMID: 32525390 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32525390/

Long-Term Effects of Covid-19 (Long Covid-19)

  • Management of post-acute covid-19 in primary care. Greenhalgh T, Knight M, A’Court C, Buxton M, Husain L. BMJ. 2020 Aug 11;370:m3026. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m3026. PMID: 32784198. https://www.bmj.com/content/370/bmj.m3026
  • Symptom Duration and Risk Factors for Delayed Return to Usual Health Among Outpatients with COVID-19 in a Multistate Health Care Systems Network – United States. Tenforde MW, Kim SS, Lindsell CJ, Billig Rose E, Shapiro NI, Files DC, Gibbs KW, Erickson HL, Steingrub JS, Smithline HA, Gong MN, Aboodi MS, Exline MC, Henning DJ, Wilson JG, Khan A, Qadir N, Brown SM, Peltan ID, Rice TW, Hager DN, Ginde AA, Stubblefield WB, Patel MM, Self WH, Feldstein LR; IVY Network Investigators; CDC COVID-19 Response Team; IVY Network Investigators. March-June 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020 Jul 31;69(30):993-998. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6930e1. PMID: 32730238; PMCID: PMC7392393. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7392393/
  • Immediate and long-term consequences of COVID-19 infections for the development of neurological disease. Heneka MT, Golenbock D, Latz E, Morgan D, Brown R. Alzheimers Res Ther. 2020 Jun 4;12(1):69. doi: 10.1186/s13195-020-00640-3. PMID: 32498691; PMCID: PMC7271826. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7271826/

Management During Pregnancy and Childhood

  • SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical features and pregnancy outcomes. Khalil A, Kalafat E, Benlioglu C, O’Brien P, Morris E, Draycott T, Thangaratinam S, Le Doare K, Heath P, Ladhani S, von Dadelszen P, Magee LA. EClinicalMedicine. 2020 Aug;25:100446. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100446. Epub 2020 Jul 3. PMID: 32838230; PMCID: PMC7334039. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7334039/
  • COVID-19 during pregnancy: an overview of maternal characteristics, clinical symptoms, maternal and neonatal outcomes of 10,996 cases described in 15 countries. Figueiro-Filho EA, Yudin M, Farine D. J Perinat Med. 2020 Oct 1:/j/jpme.ahead-of-print/jpm-2020-0364/jpm-2020-0364.xml. doi: 10.1515/jpm-2020-0364. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33001856. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33001856/
  • Characteristics of Women of Reproductive Age with Laboratory-Confirmed SARS-CoV-2 Infection by Pregnancy Status. Ellington S, Strid P, Tong VT, Woodworth K, Galang RR, Zambrano LD, Nahabedian J, Anderson K, Gilboa SM. United States, January 22-June 7, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020 Jun 26;69(25):769-775. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6925a1. PMID: 32584795; PMCID: PMC7316319. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7316319/