Epidemiology and Science

COVID-19: Science Matters

Welcome to the World Federation of Science Journalists COVID-19 Briefing site, where we are focused on the science behind COVID-19. The best coverage of COVID-19 is informed by research, so we are gathering new published science and links to portals where you can find science as it’s published, without having to trawl through the internet yourself.

We’re also including basic info about the virus, government strategies, and links of value to journalists on how to cover this pandemic, as well as how to look after yourself.

Please share with us via covid19editor@wfsj-briefing.org:

  • Interesting new papers
  • Any links you have found which you think might have value to our membership of science journalists, and the wider community of journalists who have been flung into covering a virus about which we’re all learning as we go along.
  • 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.

However, we need your help too:

  • If you cover this subject and would like to regularly contribute links to the site, contact: covid19editor@wfsj-briefing.org.
  • Likewise, if you 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 mis-labelled or bad material, or see any technical glitches, please contact: editorial@wfsj-briefing.org.
How important is speech in transmitting coronavirus?
3rd April 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
How COVID-19 sheds when symptoms are relatively mild
2nd April 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
Climate effect on COVID-19 spread rate: an online surveillance tool
30th March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
COVID-19 infection: the perspectives on immune responses
23rd March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
Loss of sense of smell as marker of COVID-19 infection
21st March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin
17th March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2
17th March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
Evidenceaid: COVID-19 evidence collection
16th March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
Infants Born to Mothers With a New Coronavirus (COVID-19)
16th March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
Features, Evaluation and Treatment COVID-19
8th March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne
COVID-19 and the cardiovascular system
5th March 2020, Curated by Mandi Smallhorne