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COVID-19: the changing science

In WFSJ Briefing—our collection of SARS-CoV2 science, ideas and analysis—we have published a link to a page of retractions of SARS-CoV2 science from the useful online resource Retraction Watch. Today, we publish a letter calling for the retraction of a much-shared paper on asymptomatic transmission.

It’s really worth keeping an eye on the status of the science as it evolves. We have never seen such a flood of science (both preprints and research that has been through the peer-review and editing process), and things are shifting and evolving in real time. It’s wonderful to see things moving so fast and to see clinicians and researchers talking to each other and throwing ideas around in the quest to find interdisciplinary answers and solutions.

But at the same time, for journalists, it’s a bit nerve-wracking. Something that looks like a truly juicy finding just begging for a headline can become an embarrassment tomorrow – one of those stories that make you wince when you are reminded of it.

All too often the haste to publish, to get the clicks, leads to irresponsible reporting. We hope that our readers will remember to report with caution and care, with qualifications and with thoughtful commentary that shares what could be useful info but makes clear that it may not be the be-all and end-all in the field.

Tread carefully, be thoughtful and remember the awesome responsibility you bear. As we say in South Africa, hamba kahle: go well.

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 covid19editor@wfsj-briefing.org – 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: covid19editor@wfsj-briefing.org.
  • If you have a few links you’d like to contribute but do not want to do so on a regular basis, just send the links to: covid19@wfsj-briefing.org.
  • 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: editorialdirector@wfsj-briefing.org.
  • Finally, if you have any day-to-day issues, notice mislabelled or bad material, or see any technical glitches, please contact: editorial@wfsj-briefing.org.
Citation checking tool
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Retracted coronavirus (COVID-19) papers
8th June 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne

We’ve been tracking retractions of papers about COVID-19 as part of our database. Here’s a running list, which will be updated as needed. Retracted “Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag,” bioRxiv...

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COVID: Top 10 current conspiracy theories
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Health Policy Watch: COVID-19
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Coronavirus in Africa Tracker: How many COVID-19 cases and where?
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Coronavirus in Africa tracker : Confirmed cases

Busting CoViD-19 Hoaxes in India
5th April 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne

On this page, we bust common hoaxes related to the Coronavirus disease (CoViD-19) which are circulating on online platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. We rely only on reputed scientific and factual sources from around the world while refuting these...

A group of scientists, physicians, funders, and policy makers from over 70 institutions from over 30 countries have launched an international coalition to respond to COVID-19 in resource-poor settings. The COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition aims to accelerate desperately needed COVID-19...

Statnews: Coronavirus resources
1st April 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne

Read all of our coverage of the new virus that has emerged in China and spread to countries around the world. Sign up for our Morning Rounds and Daily Recap newsletters to get an update each weekday. Follow us on...

Coronavirus resources for reporters
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Welcome to First Draft’s resource hub for reporting on coronavirus. We have created and collected guidance to support accurate and responsible reporting on coronavirus, which will be regularly updated with new information. It covers: Newsgathering and verification tools Ethics and...

Cochrane COVID-19 resources
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Covering COVID-19
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Journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic are facing the challenges of fast-changing information and limited access to expert sources. Many reporters without deep science backgrounds find themselves in uncharted terrain as they strive to provide accurate and actionable health information to their communities. On March 19th, SciLine hosted an...

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Harvard Health Publishing: Coronavirus Resource Center
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BMJ: COVID-19 resources
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COVID-19 news on AlphaGalileo
17th March 2020, Curated by Peter Green

AlphaGalileo is the independent research news service, that has served the media and the research community for over 20 years.

Tobacco and water-pipe use increases the risk of COVID-19
17th March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne

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COVID-19 and cancer
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Coronavirus and your wellbeing
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Expert opinion around COVID-19 and governmental strategy
17th March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne

Expert opinions posted to the Science Media Centre.

Evidenceaid: COVID-19 evidence collection
16th March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne

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COVID-19 pandemic – emerging information from experts
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Info for the public on COVID-19
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Resources for Households
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Resources for Home: Plan, prepare, and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019.

Worldometer COVID-19 virus tracker
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Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
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COVID-19 signs and symptoms
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