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Coronavirus Resources & Readings

Coronavirus Resources & Readings

April 19, 2020

Editor’s note: This is a list of selected resources on the novel coronavirus (formerly known as 2019 n-CoV, now known as SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 disease. The list spans everything from official sources, trackers, and data sites to medical journal information hubs, background readings, and Twitter accounts.

official sources 

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department)

WHO (World Health Organization)

state/local resources (from the states with early community spread)

trackers & data visualizations

Worldometer
[more on who they are]
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

Johns Hopkins CSSE
Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University
[see also: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu]
https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

phylogeny of the viruses around the world and over time
can filter by location, see sequences to see how closely related viruses are
https://nextstrain.org/ncov
https://www.gisaid.org/epiflu-applications/next-hcov-19-app/

map of reported cases from the New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html

COVID-19 tracker by journalists from the Atlantic and others
collects information from all 50 U.S. states and D.C. to provide comprehensive public data on state-level testing
[more on who and on their methodology]
http://covidtracking.com/

COVID-19 test capacity tracking from AEI
from the American Enterprise Institute [about/funding sources]
https://twitter.com/COVID2019tests

doubling time from Our World in Data
[based on data from WHO, more about them]
https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus

summary data at a glance
[data from official sources, dashboard built by highschooler]
https://ncov2019.live/data

cancelled events
[from editor at the Verge; see context at bottom (see also The VergeThe Atlantic on the topic)]
https://www.isitcanceledyet.com/

lists & data sites

cluster of related topics on knowledge engine Golden
includes lists/updates of potential treatments, vaccine development activity, screenings, & related materials [about]
https://golden.com/wiki/Cluster%3A_COVID-19-ZXJX9AR

nucleotide sequences, SRA sequences, reference genome
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genbank/sars-cov-2-seqs/

GenBank sequence data
search, retrieve, and analyze SARS-CoV-2 data [more about GenBank (from National Library of Medicine NCBI Virus)]
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/virus/vssi/#/virus?SeqType_s=Nucleotide&VirusLineage_ss=Wuhan%20seafood%20market%20pneumonia%20virus,%20taxid:2697049

list of clinical studies
[these are their search terms; includes appropriate synonyms]
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?cond=%22wuhan+coronavirus%22

paper sites + medical journal hubs

LitCovid
curated, comprehensive hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information from the National Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information (provides access to research articles in PubMed)
[old link we had on this list of their search terms for PubMed/Medline is here]
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/research/coronavirus/

articles in the Public Health Genomics and Precision Health Knowledge Base
selected by the Office of Public Health Genomics just to provide current awareness of the literature and news
https://phgkb.cdc.gov/PHGKB/phgHome.action?query=Coronavirus&action=search&Mysubmit=Search

NEJM
New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.nejm.org/coronavirus

JAMA
Journal of the American Medical Association
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/pages/coronavirus-alert

Lancet
https://www.thelancet.com/coronavirus

Elsevier
(publisher of The Lancet among several other journals)
https://www.elsevier.com/connect/coronavirus-information-center

Nature
Nature Publishing Group
https://www.nature.com/subjects/sars-virus

Springer Nature
Committed to supporting the global response to COVID-19 by enabling fast and direct access to the latest available research, evidence, and data.
https://www.springernature.com/gp/researchers/campaigns/coronavirus

recommended agency & media hubs

National Library of Medicine (from the National Institutes of Health)
coronavirus disease resources & information
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/index.html#Novel_Coronavirus

FDA 
updates from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration including approvals and authorizations
https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/mcm-issues/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Stat News (from The Boston Globe)
free coverage outside paywall as well as weekday recap newsletters
[fund/support here]
https://www.statnews.com/tag/coronavirus/

system preparedness

on hospital preparedness
Eric Toner & Richard Waldhorn, John Hopkins Center for Health Security Clinicians’ Biosecurity News, February 27, 2020
“What U.S. hospitals should do now to prepare for a COVID-19 pandemic”

on country-based mitigation measures, defining factors, and unknowns with this epidemic
Roy Anderson, Hans Heesterbeek, Don Klinkenberg, T Déirdre Hollingsworth, Lancet, March 9, 2020
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30567-5/fulltext

on ‘flattening the curve’
Helen Branswell, Stat, March 11, 2020
https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/11/flattening-curve-coronavirus/
see also: The EconomistNew York Times

annual report on global preparedness for health emergencies
Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, WHO, September 19, 2019
https://apps.who.int/gpmb/assets/annual_report/GPMB_annualreport_2019.pdf

community mitigation guidelines to prevent pandemics
CDC, et al, April 21, 2017
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/rr/rr6601a1.htm#_blank

company plans & remote working strategies

these are from companies sharing their own plans and strategies, culled here (without including our own recommendations or commentary on them):

proactive steps for employers to take
Cooley (law firm)
https://www.cooley.com/news/insight/2020/2020-03-06-proactive-steps-for-employers-to-take-in-coronavirus-covid19-outbreak

adapting the way we work when offices need to close
Slack on Slack
https://slackhq.com/managing-remote-work-in-slack

planning and response
Coinbase blog on Medium [from a Google doc first shared by CEO]
https://blog.coinbase.com/coinbase-planning-and-response-to-covid-2019-d0cb3379bc3e

sharing our remote first processes, tools, and guidelines
Super Evil Megacorp
https://www.superevilmegacorp.com/blog/2020/3/4/sharing-our-remote-first-processes-tools-and-guidelines-for-fellow-corona-dodgers

readings on global supply chain impact:

other background readings

on comparing coronavirus to the flu
Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, February 8, 2020
“the whataboutism of infectious disease is as dangerous as it is hackneyed”

on understanding R0, what it does and doesn’t tell us
Ed Yong, The Atlantic, January 28, 2020
“The deceptively simple number sparking coronavirus fears”

on understanding definitions of pandemics, etc.
Helen Branswell (with additional reporting by Andrew Joseph), STAT, February 12, 2020
“Understanding pandemics: What they mean, don’t mean, and what comes next with the coronavirus”

countering the misinfodemic

myth busters
advice for the public from the World Health Organization
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

how to sift through misinformation during an infodemic
OneZero on Medium [see also: “sifting through the epidemic”]
https://onezero.medium.com/the-simplest-way-to-spot-coronavirus-misinformation-on-social-media-4b7995448071

fact checking memes & misinformation
https://www.snopes.com/collections/coronavirus-collection-memes/

fact checking government responses
investigates rumors about how governments and organizations around the world have responded to the crisis
https://www.snopes.com/collections/coronavirus-government-role/

Twitter accounts

high signal-to-noise accounts from those immersed in specific aspects (with links to backgrounds for more information about their credentials, affiliations/funding sources, etc.)

journalists

@helenbranswell – Helen Branswell

@kakape – Kai Kupferschmidt

@sciencecohen – Jon Cohen

agencies & institutions

@cdcdirector – Robert Redfield

@drnancym_cdc – Nancy Messonnier

@drtedros – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

@uwvirology – University of Washington Department of Virology

@jhsph_chs – Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

@lshtm – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

topical experts (including lab affiliations/researchers)

@mlipsitch – Marc Lipsitch

@cmyeaton – Caitlin Rivers

@t_inglesby – Tom Inglesby

@trvb – Trevor Bedford

@k_g_andersen – Kristian Andersen

@florian_krammer – Florian Krammer

@p_openshaw – Peter Openshaw

@arimoin – Anne Rimoin

@michaelmina_lab – Michael Mina

@jennifernuzzo – Jennifer Nuzzo

@krutikakuppalli – Krutika Kuppalli

@angie_rasmussen – Angela Rasmussen

@rozeggo – Rosalind Eggo

other

@scottgottliebmd – Scott Gottlieb

@maiamajder – Maia Majumder

@ameshaa – Amesh Adalja


Originally published on a16z.com.

 

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