Note: This page is under construction and will be updated with the latest info...eventually. It will then be updated...eventually.
Introduction and Guidelines
The purpose of this page is to provide the latest facts on Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19 or colloquially the "coronavirus") using research directly from scientific articles. With many secondary sources (such as news articles or interviews) being inaccurate (or misleading at best), it is more important than ever to relay scientific research precisely and unbiased so that we can have the clearest, reliable picture of the ongoing pandemic. Of course, in practice, it is impossible to be completely unbiased in conveying information, so my best advice in using this page is to use the guidelines below:
- Don't judge an article by its title (or its abstract!): Although you should search for scientific articles by category, title, and abstract, you should not simply read the title or an abstract of an article expect to know everything about it. You should read it in its entirety so that you get the complete picture and intended message.
- Approach articles with skepticism: Be critical of the evidence provided in the article and try not to draw your own conclusions or accept the conclusions presented until you have read many articles on the subject.
- Be careful when drawing conclusions from statistics: Ronald Coase has been credited with saying: "If you torture the data enough, nature will always confess." What this means is that you should avoid reading too much into Covid-19 statistics (or any statistics for that matter) and be careful when extrapolating. Statistics is great for extracting meaningful information and finding patterns in a large body of data. However, statistics are only as meaningful as the accuracy of the data, the complexity of the model used, and the size of the data set. And remember, correlation does not imply causation.
- Keep track of the publication date: Because Covid-19 research is rapidly expanding (for obvious reasons), research articles may become out-of-date and unreliable quickly. Although you should read as many articles as possible on Covid-19 regardless of its publication date, you should stay up-to-date by reading the latest articles on the subject.
Sources of Articles
Note that since Covid-19 is a such a rapidly expanding and important area of scientific research, many articles on the subject are free to the public. If an article is not free, two asterisks (**) will be to the left of the title. However, you may still be able to access it through your institution.
Also, please note that this page only provides scientific articles and does NOT provide statistics or sources to statistics on Covid-19 due to the risk of spreading misleading information.
Below are a list of databases used on this wiki page: