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

Maps, data sources:

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

Resources for reporters:

First Draft
Global Investigative Journalism Network
International Journalists’ Network
Scientific Expertise and Context on Deadline (AAAS)
Harvard Kennedy School, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy
Reuters Institute, Oxford University
International Center For Journalists & International Journalism Network joint initiative
Thomsom Reuters Foundation News
Curiologie, managed by a science writer
INSERM – Science pour la Santé
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

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.
FRONTIERS Coronavirus Knowledge Hub.

Debunking disinformation/Fact-checking sources:

Update of the special report from EEAS Strategic Communications and Information Analysis Division, 2-22 April
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.
CoronaVirusFact/Datos Coronavirus Alliance – Poynter’s International Fact Checking Network: 100 fact-checkers in 45 countries publishing in 15 languages.
Maldito Bulo, a collection of common circulating haokes on coronavirus, in Spanish.
Valigia Blu, an Italian network of journalists renowned for producing quality information based on fact and data. Here a selection of QA on coronavirus.
BBC advice on how to practice ‘information hygiene’
European Institutions pages on the fight against disinformation on Covid-19 🔗European Parliament
WHO Viber against disinformation on Coronavirus.
WHO Europe, ‘Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic’ section.
Graphika Report on Covid-19 Infodemic, a preliminary analysis of data on the global online conversation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

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.
Germany : Daily podcast on German Public Broadcast by Prof Christian Drosten, virologist from Charité Berlin.
Spain : Agencia SINC.

Additional information sources on Covid-19

European Parliament Library, list of sources compiled by DG EPRS.

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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