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Trying to make sense of coronavirus COVID-19? News, data, and government sources
I like these Canadian reporters, Branswell (and Belluz, who is on maternity leave) They consistently link to a other good sources.
CDC and other government agencies
Research -- Where to start
You will still probably want to start with PubMed. But see LitCoVid version, link just below.
LitCoVid -- Access PubMed's latest SARS-CoV-2 research
Try out this temporary PubMed interface that focuses on Covid-19. These are all peer-reviewed, I think, so it's missing the pre-print literature. See Dimensions and Semantic Scholar links below.
Search on string in title/abstracts: “covid-19” OR “2019-ncov” OR “sars-cov-2”
Limited now to only peer-reviewed articles. But you may update the search to include pre-prints. (Be careful with peer-reviewed and even more careful with pre-prints!)
PubMed's trending articles
Many of PubMed's trending articles right now (c. 5/21/2020) are on this disease.
It might be useful to change this sorting to "Most recent."
Nature's news on Covid-19
See also their link to latest research in Springer Nature journals,
CORD-19 -- COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (Semantic Scholar)
A free resource of over 128,000 scholarly articles (5/22/2020), including over 29,000 with full text, about COVID-19 and the coronavirus family of viruses for use by the global research community. Machine readable. This includes a lot of preprints, not yet peer-reviewed.
Note -- These are not the best links for full text access to content other than for coronavirus Covid-19. These publishers are offering Covid-19 landing pages and making all content free.
Datrmouth Atlas; Point of care resources; Translational resources
Recent overviews -- Where we stand; Information literacy and the coronavirus.
Interview with John Barry, historian of the 1918-1919 flu, by Sean Illing, Vox (news). 2020. “The Most Important Lesson of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic: Tell the Damn Truth.”
Begley, Sharon, and Helen Branswell. 2020. “How We Can Avoid Screwing up the Response to Covid-19 Again.” Stat
, June 5, 2020. https://www.statnews.com/2020/06/05/how-world-can-avoid-screwing-covid-19-response-again/
Information Literacy and the information chaos around Covid-19
SIFTing through the coronavirus pandemic -- Mike Caulfield's good information habits
Note that the first practice is to STOP. Slow down. (Let the emotion flow away.)
Also see our library presentation, Combatting Covid-19 Misinformation and Disinformation, video and slides.
Harris, Lauren. 2020. “The Pandemic and the Information Network.” Columbia Journalism Review
, May 22, 2020. https://www.cjr.org/analysis/covid-19-coronavirus-uncertainty.php
Zimmer, Carl. 2020. “How You Should Read Coronavirus Studies, or Any Science Paper.” The New York Times
, June 1, 2020, sec. Science. https://www.nytimes.com/article/how-to-read-a-science-study-coronavirus.html
Health Science Librarians -- Readings recommended by Dean Giustini. Also see his Coronavirus 2019 Wiki (and his Twitter feed).
Ashrafi-rizi, Hasan, and Zahra Kazempour. 2020. “Information Typology in Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis; a Commentary.” Archives of Academic Emergency Medicine 8 (1). https://doi.org/10.22037/aaem.v8i1.591.
Naeem, Salman Bin, and Rubina Bhatti. 2020. “The Covid-19 ‘Infodemic’: A New Front for Information Professionals.” Health Information & Libraries Journal n/a (n/a). https://doi.org/10.1111/hir.12311.
Shokraneh, Farhad. 2020. “Keeping up with Studies on Covid-19: Systematic Search Strategies and Resources.” BMJ 369 (April). https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1601.
Shokraneh, Farhad, and Tony Russell-Rose. 2020. “Lessons from COVID-19 to Future Evidence Synthesis Efforts: First Living Search Strategy and out of Date Scientific Publishing and Indexing Industry.” Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, April. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.04.014.
Need help? I'm available: email wiswellj@, Zoom, chat, appointment,
(with 6 ft. spacing) at Levine 542F or Library, wherever. Zoom by appointment. Email if these times don't work.
Contact -- John Wiswell
Health Sciences Librarian
Available for students, faculty, and staff.
Review of what we know about transmission
Meyerowitz, Eric A., Aaron Richterman, Rajesh T. Gandhi, and Paul E. Sax. 2020. “Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: A Review of Viral, Host, and Environmental Factors.” Annals of Internal Medicine, September. https://doi.org/10.7326/M20-5008.