How can we best stay informed about the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak?
I’ve been tracking it carefully for weeks, and have built up an online search strategy. I’d like to share a description of it here, partly in case it’s useful for readers, and also to request additions in case it’s missing anything.
I’ve broken these down into general categories by source, style, and openness.
Dashboards Information presented to give us a snapshot of the outbreak.
- The Johns Hopkins dashboard is the best designed one I’ve seen. It quickly gives you key stats (infections, nations, deaths, etc) in a very readable format. (Explanatory paper)
- Harvard, the Boston Children’s Hospital, and others offer a similar dashboard.
- Reuters’ global map has a nice animated timeline, showing the viral spread to date. NBC New York also has an animation.
- An interactive visualization of the exponential spread of COVID-19 gives us many ways to slice data.
- This visualization is more minimal and also useful (NOTE: it seems to be out of date):
- Nextstrain offers updated genomic detail and visualizations.
- A video dashboard from South Korea.
- Social Distancing Scoreboard.
- Worldometers has a cleanly organized, extensively hyperlinked page.
Public research and preparedness Information from leading public-serving institutions.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains a coronavirus resource page. That links to their regular updates, which are essential.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a coronavirus page.
- There are Wikipedia pages for coronavirus disease 2019 and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.
Open source, open access research Materials produced by scholars that are freely and openly available without paywalls.
- Publishers’ open access sites: Elsevier, Springer, Wiley
- 1science’s links and records archive
Open news and analysis Content produced that’s not necessarily by academics, and is also freely and openly available without paywalls
- Global Voices – always good and underrated, accounts from people around the world.
- BBC News – coronavirus global topic.
Paid content news and analysis Articles and other media behind paywalls.
- LitCovid: “a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus.”
- New York Times: hub
- Washington Post: updates
Social media Here I’m looking for the best sources, not hashtags or communities, although I’m open to the latter.
- Eric Feigl-Ding does a great job of gathering and analyzing news and data on the fly.
- Laurie Garrett: science writer and energetic Tweeter.
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.
- Nature‘s coronavirus blog. Nature also has a podcast.
Online learning Educational materials about the outbreak in particular – i.e., not about disease or health care in general.
- WHO launched a class, Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control.
- Futurelearn has a class, COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus.
Libguides Curated resources produced by libraries:
Newletters The best in email.
- Sinocism is excellent for China in general. Rich and including many Chinese language sources.
That’s all for now. What do you think of these sources? What should I add? Are there good video and podcast resources?
If this is of value, I’ll keep adding to it as the outbreak continues.