Stay Informed About The Coronavirus

Stay Informed About The Coronavirus

With the recent concerns about a novel coronavirus, the South Brunswick Public Library has put together resources from reputable organizations that can provide you with up-to-date information.

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a name for a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections  generally referred to as the common cold. These are usually mild illnesses. Within this family are viruses that can cause rarer illnesses such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

Cornavirus bears its name from the shape of its spikes that looks like a solar corona.

It has been increasingly common to refer to COVID-19 as “the Coronavirus” due to its sudden appearance, which can be confusing considering this novel coronavirus has a few medical distinctions:

  • Novel Coronavirus – When reports of outbreaks first began, this virus was sometimes just referred to as a novel coronavirus, which meant this was a new strain of coronavirus before it was officially classified.
  • COVID-19 – This is an acronym that translates into Coronavirus Disease 2019. This is the name of the disease that is caused by the novel coronavirus strain that was first identified in late 2019. 
  • SARS-CoV-2 – This is the officially name of the novel coronavirus strain and should not be confused with the 2002 outbreak of SARS. Just like the name COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 is an acronym that translates to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2. It is the virus strain of SARS-CoV-2 that causes the illness known as COVID-19.

Current Updates from the CDC

Additional Resources

The World Health Organization compiled this FAQ that covers common questions about the disease, COVID-19. 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest press releases, advisories, and up-to-date information.

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The National Libraries of Medicine’s Medline Plus provides an overview of the disease COVID-19 along with the latest published research papers and statistics. 

For the latest information

As the situation develops, information and responses will be available from agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Find links to more information below:

Local - South Brunswick Township

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The South Brunswick Township Public School System posted the following note to the parents which can be found here. Additionally, they will provide updates on their website.


The South Brunswick Township Police Department posts updates to their Nixle page.

State - New Jersey

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Press releases from state administration about the status of COVID-19 in New Jersey can be found here.

NJ Health is the your connection to the state’s health department and up-to-date information can be found here. Additionally, there is a 24-hour Public Hotline available for any questions you may have:

In-State Line: 1-800-222-1222 

Out-of-State Line: 1-800-962-1253 

Federal - United States of America


The CDC provides information on their press releases, advisories, and up-to-date information to this ongoing concern.


The State Department releases ongoing travel advisories as this situation progresses. You may find all listings of travel advisories and their meanings here.


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