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The COVID-19 outbreak has spurred many researchers and clinicians into action. The pace at which they’ve mobilized is inspiring. It has led to the publication of many news articles, think pieces, and research papers. Yet, these rapid developments can make it difficult to get a good grasp on everything that’s happening. To make it easier, we’ve compiled the list of COVID-19 resources found below. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Instead it can be a starting point for further research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the COVID-19 disease.

Resources providing a general overview of the COVID-19 outbreak

Before you get into the nitty gritty of COVID-19, it’s good to get a broad overview of the disease and how it might affect you. The organizations behind the resources in this section provide approachable disease information to the general public. Thus, their resource pages are great places to build the foundations of your COVID-19 knowledge.

The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 resource page

The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled a broad array of resources covering the basics of COVID-19. They also have information on protective measures, research publications, and more.

The US Centers for Disease Control’s COVID-19 resource page

Similar to the WHO’s  page but with a focus on the U.S. You can find basic information on COVID-19, how it spreads, how to protect yourself, and travel recommendations. There is also information for specific groups of people such as healthcare professionals.

The American Society for Microbiology’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) provides news updates, commentary, and general information about the COVID-19 outbreak. They also have regularly updated infographics displaying the spread of the outbreak and showing how SAR-CoV-2 compares to similar viruses.

The Infectious Disease Society of America’s COVID-19 resource page

The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) has compiled an extensive list of resources for further research on the COVID-19 outbreak. They even have a podcast covering the disease!

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security COVID-19 Resource Page

Contains links to situation reports, analyzes, fact sheets, and other resources surrounding COVID-19.

News Articles on the COVID-19 outbreak

Once you’ve got the basics down, you can dive into some of the great news coverage on COVID-19. The articles listed below are from both general and science-focused news outlets. While all give summaries of current COVID-19 research, the science-focused  outlets will often include a little more scientific detail. They’ll also include more perspectives from scientists themselves. The general news outlets will help you see how researching findings fit into the bigger picture of the outbreak.

Science News: ‘A bit chaotic.’ Christening of new coronavirus and its disease name create confusion

Article on the naming of SARS-CoV-2. TLDR:

  • SARS-CoV-2 – the name of the virus
  • COVID-19 – the name of the disease caused by the virus

You can find many other news articles from “Science” here.

New York Times – Coronavirus Deaths by U.S. State and Country Over Time: Daily Tracker

A great article to see how quickly the coronavirus is spreading in different regions of the world and within the US. The charts on this page help you visualize whether or not social distancing is working. Updated daily.

New York Times: How bad will the coronavirus outbreak get – here are 6 key factors

Article covers the basics on 6 key questions surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak:

  1. How contagious is the virus?
  2. How deadly is the virus?
  3. How long does it take to show symptoms?
  4. How much have infected people traveled?
  5. How effective will the response be?
  6. How long will it take to develop a response?

New York Times: Coronavirus Map – Tracking the spread of the outbreak

Up-to-date maps depicting the geographical spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Washington Post: How epidemics like COVID-19 end (and how to end them faster)

This article covers the basics of how a disease like COVID-19 spreads. It includes a discussion of some of the critical factors influencing spread. It also has interactive data visualizations showing how disease spread changes as the critical factors change.

Stat News: Coronavirus Topic Page

Compilation of health, biotech, and research-focused articles updated daily. Stat articles usually focus more on the science behind the headlines than other popular news outlets.

Nature: COVID-19 News Updates

A steady stream of Nature News updates on the COVID-19 outbreak and its spread.

DeciBio Insights article: Going Viral – What the COVID-19 Outbreak Teaches Us About the Evolution of the Biotech Industry

Article from DeciBio, a life science consulting firm. This article provides a quick run-down of the ways biotech companies are mobilizing to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. From vaccines to diagnostics, there’s a lot going on! The article includes a quick discussion of our own work using our CRISPR-based DETECTR platform to detect SARS-CoV-2.

COVID-19 Research articles

If you’ve got the time to dive even deeper, scientists are well at work learning how the SARS-CoV-2 virus works and developing ways to fight it. You’ll need some research background to approach these articles, but they’ll give you a detailed understanding of how the virus infects people and how we can prevent future infections. A deep dive into these articles will also show what knowledge gaps we need to fill to better fight the disease. Keep in mind that much of the research in this area is preliminary and subject to refinement.

Remdesivir and chloroquine effectively inhibit the recently emerged novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in vitro

A letter to the editor published in Cell Research. The letter contains data indicating that two FDA-approved drugs, remdesivir and chloroquine limit SARS-CoV-2 infection at low-micromolar concentrations in vitro.

Cryo-EM structure of the 2019-nCoV spike in the prefusion conformation

Science paper reporting the structure of a protein (the spike protein) found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This protein is important for infecting host cells. Knowing its structure may aid in the development of medicines for COVID-19.

Structural basis for the recognition of the SARS-CoV-2 by full-length human ACE2

Science paper reporting the interactions between the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and its receptor on human cells, ACE2. This paper provides more understanding of how the SAR-CoV-2 interacts with host cells.

Crystal structure of SARS-CoV-2 main protease provides a basis for design of improved α-ketoamide inhibitors

The SARS-CoV-2 virus uses the “main protease” to process its proteins into their mature forms. This Science paper reports both the crystal structure of the SARS-CoV-2 main protease and the design of a small molecular that inhibits the main protease. This work may advance the development of small molecule drugs that inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Substantial undocumented infection facilitates the rapid dissemination of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2)

Paper uses a modeling approach to estimate the number of people with undocumented cases of coronavirus infection. From their results, the authors estimate that a large fraction of coronavirus cases are undocumented and that they contribute great to the spread of the virus.

Cell Press: Coronavirus resource hub

Contains a list of coronavirus research articles and reviews from cell press journals.

WHO database of publications on the COVID-19 outbreak

Extensive list of publications on the COVID-19 outbreak maintained by the WHO. Updated daily.