Editor’s note: This is a list of selected resources on the novel coronavirus (formerly known as as 2019 n-CoV, now known as SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 disease. The list spans everything from official sources, trackers, and data sites to medical journal information hubs, background readings, and Twitter accounts. If you have suggestions for what to add here (please note, the list is not crowdsourced but carefully curated), please email sonal [at] a16z [dot] com. 

official sources 

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department)

WHO (World Health Organization)

state/local resources (from the states with early community spread)

trackers & data visualizations

[more on who they are]

Johns Hopkins CSSE
Center for Systems Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University
[see also: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu]

phylogeny of the viruses around the world and over time
can filter by location, see sequences to see how closely related viruses are

map of reported cases from the New York Times

COVID-19 tracker by journalists from the Atlantic and others
collects information from all 50 U.S. states and D.C. to provide comprehensive public data on state-level testing
[more on who and on their methodology]

COVID-19 test capacity tracking from AEI
from the American Enterprise Institute [about/funding sources]

doubling time from Our World in Data
[based on data from WHO, more about them]

summary data at a glance
[data from official sources, dashboard built by highschooler]

cancelled events
[from editor at the Verge; see context at bottom (see also The Verge, The Atlantic on the topic)]

lists & data sites

cluster of related topics on knowledge engine Golden
includes lists/updates of potential treatments, vaccine development activity, screenings, & related materials [about]

nucleotide sequences, SRA sequences, reference genome

GenBank sequence data
search, retrieve, and analyze SARS-CoV-2 data [more about GenBank (from National Library of Medicine NCBI Virus)]

list of clinical studies
[these are their search terms; includes appropriate synonyms]

paper sites + medical journal hubs

curated, comprehensive hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information from the National Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information (provides access to research articles in PubMed)
[old link we had on this list of their search terms for PubMed/Medline is here]

articles in the Public Health Genomics and Precision Health Knowledge Base
selected by the Office of Public Health Genomics just to provide current awareness of the literature and news

New England Journal of Medicine

Journal of the American Medical Association


(publisher of The Lancet among several other journals)

Nature Publishing Group

recommended agency & media hubs

National Library of Medicine (from the National Institutes of Health)
coronavirus disease resources & information

updates from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration including approvals and authorizations

Stat News (from The Boston Globe)
free coverage outside paywall as well as weekday recap newsletters
[fund/support here]

system preparedness

on hospital preparedness
Eric Toner & Richard Waldhorn, John Hopkins Center for Health Security Clinicians’ Biosecurity News, February 27, 2020
“What U.S. hospitals should do now to prepare for a COVID-19 pandemic”

on country-based mitigation measures, defining factors, and unknowns with this epidemic
Roy Anderson, Hans Heesterbeek, Don Klinkenberg, T Déirdre Hollingsworth, Lancet, March 9, 2020

on ‘flattening the curve’
Helen Branswell, Stat, March 11, 2020
see also: The Economist, New York Times

annual report on global preparedness for health emergencies
Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, WHO, September 19, 2019

community mitigation guidelines to prevent pandemics
CDC, et al, April 21, 2017

company plans & remote working strategies

these are from companies sharing their own plans and strategies, culled here (without including our own recommendations or commentary on them):

proactive steps for employers to take
Cooley (law firm)

adapting the way we work when offices need to close
Slack on Slack

planning and response
Coinbase blog on Medium [from a Google doc first shared by CEO]

sharing our remote first processes, tools, and guidelines
Super Evil Megacorp

readings on global supply chain impact:

other background readings

on comparing coronavirus to the flu
Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, February 8, 2020
“the whataboutism of infectious disease is as dangerous as it is hackneyed”

on understanding R0, what it does and doesn’t tell us
Ed Yong, The Atlantic, January 28, 2020
“The deceptively simple number sparking coronavirus fears”

on understanding definitions of pandemics, etc.
Helen Branswell (with additional reporting by Andrew Joseph), STAT, February 12, 2020
“Understanding pandemics: What they mean, don’t mean, and what comes next with the coronavirus”

countering the misinfodemic

myth busters
advice for the public from the World Health Organization

how to sift through misinformation during an infodemic
OneZero on Medium [see also: “sifting through the epidemic”]

fact checking memes & misinformation

fact checking government responses
investigates rumors about how governments and organizations around the world have responded to the crisis

Twitter accounts

high signal-to-noise accounts from those immersed in specific aspects (with links to backgrounds for more information about their credentials, affiliations/funding sources, etc.)


@helenbranswell – Helen Branswell

@kakape – Kai Kupferschmidt

@sciencecohen – Jon Cohen

agencies & institutions

@cdcdirector – Robert Redfield

@drnancym_cdc – Nancy Messonnier

@drtedros – Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

@uwvirology – University of Washington Department of Virology

@jhsph_chs – Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

@lshtm – London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

topical experts (including lab affiliations/researchers)

@mlipsitch – Marc Lipsitch

@cmyeaton – Caitlin Rivers

@t_inglesby – Tom Inglesby

@trvb – Trevor Bedford

@k_g_andersen – Kristian Andersen

@florian_krammer – Florian Krammer

@p_openshaw – Peter Openshaw

@arimoin – Anne Rimoin

@michaelmina_lab – Michael Mina

@jennifernuzzo – Jennifer Nuzzo

@krutikakuppalli – Krutika Kuppalli

@angie_rasmussen – Angela Rasmussen

@rozeggo – Rosalind Eggo


@scottgottliebmd – Scott Gottlieb

@maiamajder – Maia Majumder

@ameshaa – Amesh Adalja

We’ve also been covering the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 disease on our news show, 16 Minutes, here

Thanks also to Jorge Conde, Nate Chang, Judy Savitskaya, Andy Tran, and Julie Yoo for their contributions to some of the above as well!

image: CDC

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