ESMH selection: sources of information about Coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the need for reliable sources of information on the virus and ensuing crisis is more important than ever.

To this end, the European Science-Media Hub has compiled a list of such sources, ranging from recognised official international webpages providing daily updates, to data and maps, as well as a selection of resources tailored for reporters and for tackling the spread of disinformation on the topic.

Last Update : Friday, March 31th 2020

International sources:

1 World Health Organization – 🔗Link
2 European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control – 🔗Link
3 European Commission page on coronavirus and coronavirus response page – 🔗Link
4 European Medicines Agency – 🔗Link
5 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 🔗Link
6 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – 🔗Link
7 European Chemical Agency – 🔗Link
European Parliament, News homepage – 🔗Link

Maps, data sources:

9 Johns Hopkins Interactive Map, live data on the spread of Covid-19 worldwide – 🔗Link
10Statistics and research from the University of Oxford – 🔗Link
11 Map provided by the Centre for Studies in Demography and Ecology of the University of Washington – 🔗Link


Johns Hopkins Interactive Map

Resources for reporters:

12 First Draft – 🔗Link
13 Global Investigative Journalism Network – 🔗Link
14 International Journalists’ Network – 🔗Link
15 Scientific Expertise and Context on Deadline (AAAS) – 🔗Link
16 Knight Science Journalism Center, MIT – 🔗Link
17 Harvard Kennedy School, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy – 🔗Link
18 Reuters Institute, Oxford University – 🔗Link
World Federation of Science Journalists, curated resources – 🔗Link
20 International Center For Journalists & International Journalism Network joint initiative – 🔗Link
21 Thomsom Reuters Foundation News – 🔗Link
22 Curiologie, managed by a science writer🔗Link
23 INSERM – Science pour la Santé – 🔗Link

Open Access scientific sources:

24 Spinger Nature Open Access page on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 and Springer research results (IP recognition)
25 Cambrigde University Press Coronavirus Free Access Collection, and Covid-19: A message to our customers
26 Elsevier’s free health and medical research on novel coronavirus – 🔗Link
27 Covid-19 Open Research Database (Allen Institute for AI) – 🔗Link

Debunking disinformation/Fact-checking sources:

28 EUvsDisinfo – 🔗Link
29 First Draft: Tips for responsible reporting on Covid-19, informed by interviews with health and science reporters, health professionals and journalism professors, our existing training materials, and several excellent coronavirus reporting guides. – 🔗Link
30 CoronaVirusFact/Datos Coronavirus Alliance – Poynter’s International Fact Checking Network: 100 fact-checkers in 45 countries publishing in 15 languages. – 🔗Link
31 Maldito Bulo, a collection of common circulating haokes on coronavirus, in Spanish – 🔗Link
32 Valigia Blu, an Italian network of journalists renowned for producing quality information based on fact and data. Here a selection of QA on coronavirus. – 🔗Link
33 BBC advice on how to practice ‘information hygiene’ – 🔗Link

A short selection of other national information sources in EU languages:

34 IlPost, Newsletter on coronavirus. A daily update on the spread of Covid-19, published on the blog of the Italian media IlPost – 🔗Link
35 Daily podcast on German Public Broadcast by Prof Christian Drosten, virologist from Charité Berlin – 🔗Link
36 Agencia SINC – 🔗Link

Please note that this list is but a selection from the ESMH team and is by no means exhaustive. We gladly welcome suggestions of additional valuable and reliable sources.

  1. This whole virus of a thing has got people scared. Personally i think all this will subside with time. This is not the first time the world has to be scared of a disease such as this and guess what.. !!WE SURVIVED!!.


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