COVID-19: Facts Matter

Welcome to WFSJ Briefing, a collection of SARS-CoV2 science, ideas and analysis.

Recently millions of people were exposed to a video of a scientist, Dr Judy Mikovits, making some extraordinary claims around the virus. Many very knowledgeable and talented science and health journalists had to spend hours of precious time researching the facts. We’ve included in our collection an excellent fact-checking exercise from well-known science journalists Martin Enserink and Jon Cohen, as well as a very helpful piece of writing about how to respond so your info makes an impact instead of being brushed off.

The more time passes, the more crowded the COVID-19 fake news field becomes. There are constant rumours circulating about the origin of the virus: Natural? Artificial? Biowarfare? Accidental leak? We thought you’d be interested in the recent bat research that firms up the likelihood that it’s a natural event! (A novel bat coronavirus closely related to SARS-CoV-2 contains natural insertions at the S1/S2 cleavage site of the spike protein, in our Science section)

Please let us know about any good articles you find or have written chasing down facts about fake news – or any particularly interesting research or analysis of science that you might like to share with science journalists across the world. Send links to for these, or of excellent writing on the subject – we’d like to share the best coverage and analysis with our readership.

This page is organised so that you can find information on different topics (from the drop-down COVID-19 menu at the top of the page), and then see that information separated into different types (see the tabs in the articles list, left).

If you would like to do a more advanced search of the content, start by putting a term in the search box. This will take you to our search page, which allows you to search by keyword, date, topic, type of information, and (where applicable) location.

We put up this site very quickly (it was eight days from the idea being originally mooted to the site going live) because we saw an urgent need and wanted to help. This means the site is far from perfect as it stands. Rest assured that we will be actively working to improve it.

… and, if you’d like to help:

  • If you cover this subject and would like to regularly contribute links to the site, or would like to contribute tips about best (and worst) practice in writing about this subject, contact:
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  • If you think the interface could be easier to use, we are missing out important areas of content, or would like to suggest other changes (or if you think there is another looming crisis we should create a briefing for), please contact:
  • Finally, if you have any day-to-day issues, notice mislabelled or bad material, or see any technical glitches, please contact:
Team finds effective SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies
18th May 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
PREPRINT: The Early Food Insecurity Impacts of COVID-19
13th May 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
WFSJ Briefing Guidelines – COVID-19
12th May 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
Smoking Nearly Doubles the Rate of COVID-19 Progression
12th May 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
A human monoclonal antibody blocking SARS-CoV-2 infection
4th May 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
PREPRINT: A new and unique mutation in coronavirus
4th May 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
Social Distancing and Supply Disruptions in a Pandemic
2nd May 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
PREPRINT: Vitamin D Insufficiency is Prevalent in Severe COVID-19
28th April 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
What policy makers need to know about COVID-19 protective immunity
27th April 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
PREPRINT: Aerodynamic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 in two Wuhan hospitals
27th April 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Children
23rd April 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne