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.

Check also our Covid-19 section and our ‘Tackling the Infodemic’

Last Update : January 2022

International sources:

World Health Organization – 🔗Link
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control – 🔗Link
European Commission page on coronavirus and coronavirus response page – 🔗Link
European Medicines Agency – 🔗Link
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 🔗Link
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – 🔗Link
European Chemical Agency – 🔗Link
European Parliament, News homepage – 🔗Link EPRS: What Europe does for me coronavirus section, EPRS blog coronavirus-related EPRS resources, Legislative Trains: coronavirus section
European Commission online learning resources for learners – 🔗Link
European Commission Joint Research Center, info sources on Coronavirus – 🔗Link
• UNESCO Covid-19 response – 🔗Link

Maps, data sources:

Johns Hopkins Interactive Map, live data on the spread of Covid-19 worldwide – 🔗Link
Statistics and research from the University of Oxford – 🔗Link
Map provided by the Centre for Studies in Demography and Ecology of the University of Washington (*they stopped their activities) – 🔗Link


Johns Hopkins Interactive Map

Der Kontext Lab created a map on Covid-19 covering the interconnection between society, economics, science & politics. The information is constantly updated & focused not just on breaking news but rather on profound background information. In German –🔗Link

Resources for reporters:

First Draft – 🔗Link
Global Investigative Journalism Network – 🔗Link
International Journalists’ Network – 🔗Link
Scientific Expertise and Context on Deadline (AAAS) – 🔗Link
Harvard Kennedy School, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy – 🔗Link
Reuters Institute, Oxford University – 🔗Link
International Center For Journalists & International Journalism Network joint initiative – 🔗Link
Thomsom Reuters Foundation News – 🔗Link
Curiologie, managed by a science writer🔗Link
INSERM – Science pour la Santé – 🔗Link
The Conversation special page on Covid-19, different country editions in different languages available – 🔗Fr / 🔗Es / 🔗Uk
Weekly round-up of news from the International Journalism Festival –🔗Link
Euronews special section –🔗Link

Open Access scientific sources:

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

Debunking disinformation/Fact-checking sources:

EUvsDisinfo – 🔗Link
Update of the special report from EEAS Strategic Communications and Information Analysis Division, 2-22 April – 🔗Link
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
CoronaVirusFact/Datos Coronavirus Alliance – Poynter’s International Fact Checking Network: 100 fact-checkers in 45 countries publishing in 15 languages. – 🔗Link
Maldito Bulo, a collection of common circulating haokes on coronavirus, in Spanish – 🔗Link
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
BBC advice on how to practice ‘information hygiene’ – 🔗Link
European Institutions pages on the fight against disinformation on Covid-19 🔗European Parliament / 🔗European Commission
WHO Viber against disinformation on Coronavirus – 🔗Link
WHO Europe, ‘Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic’ section – 🔗Link 
Graphika Report on Covid-19 Infodemic, a preliminary analysis of data on the global online conversation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic – 🔗Link
SOMA – European Observatory Against Disinformation. A collection of debunked misleading posts and articles on 5G and Covid-19 that have circulated around Europe🔗Link

A selection of other national information sources in EU languages:

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

Additional information sources on Covid-19

• European Parliament Library, list of sources compiled by DG EPRS – 🔗Link
• European Commission, sources of information on Covid-19 in the EU/EEA and the UK – 🔗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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