SARS-CoV-2 and COVID 19 Resources

Posted on Tue, 04/07/2020 - 8:00pm by Nagy, John D
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At the time of this writing (April 2020), the world is experiencing the most significant pandemic in the last few decades, at least. (One should not forget polio and smallpox, among others, that some now living may still remember.) The causative agent is a novel Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19, so called because the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December, 2019).

This post links to a number of reliable resources about the pandemic. It provides a gateway into deeper study for those desiring or requiring a professional understanding of the situation.

This page will continue to be updated as I discover new resources.


Web sources

  1. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center Dashboard: Provides up-t0-date data on COVID-19 epidemiology and clinical biology.
  2. Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 gateway: The CDC put together links for the general public and health-care professionals. It allows easy access to data and interpretations of the epidemic, pathology and clinical course of the disease.
  3. World Health Organization COVID-19 gateway: The WHO provides a similar page to CDC's but with a more global focus.
  4. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from CDC: The CDC publishes MMWR to keep professionals up-to-date with the major health issues facing the U.S. Over the years the MMWR has become one of the most trusted, useful sources of information for professionals, and it is doing an excellent job with this outbreak as well.
  5. Science (AAAS) Coronavirus: Research, Commentary and News: The American Association for the Advancement of Science has collected resources that they have recently published on SARS-CoV-2 into this gateway. Use with care, though, because this material is not peer-reviewed.
  6. Cell Press Coronavirus Resource Hub: Cell Press publishes very influential papers with rigorous peer review. In this hub, they provide timely resources from their suite of journals that relate to SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.
  7. New York Times SARS-CoV-2 Infographic: This unlikely source summarizes much of the genomic data curated by the NCBI and other sources into an outstanding outline of the virus's genome and critical proteins.
  8. ASU COVID-19 Data Repositories: Arizona State University has collected links to a large array of data sites associated with the outbreak.


  1. Biology by the Numbers, has published an excellent information sheet about the state of the epidemic as of late March, 2020.
  2. Hoffmann et al. (2020) published a paper in Cell that shows how SARS-CoV-2 is related to 2 similar viruses, SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, which caused similar outbreaks in China (2002, 2003) and the Middle East (2012), and elucidates how SARS-CoV-2 infects cells.