What We're Reading on COVID-19

For World Health Day, April 7, we share some of what we’ve been reading on COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought people together even as it has mandated social distancing. That’s because people are hungry for news about the virus and sharing advances, setbacks, tips, and coping mechanisms across the Internet across the world. On World Health Day, April 7, we share some of what we’ve been reading.

Published in the BMJ Global health blog, we found a piece on the gender issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lancet Gender and COVID-19 Working Group, UN Women, UNFPA and others bring attention to this issue. Find the blog at https://blogs.bmj.com/bmjgh/2020/03/24/sex-gender-and-covid-19-disaggregated-data-and-health-disparities/

Nature Medicine has an article about digital data and the responsible use of data during the pandemic. It reminds us that although large-scale data can help to stem the tide of infection, privacy and ethics still matter and “best practices should be identified to maintain data standards on a global scale.” Read it at https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-0832-5

Common Thread has an informative newsletter full of interesting insights and information about the behavioral aspects of responding to COVID-19—The Stitch, Issue 11: March 26, 2020. Find it at https://www.gocommonthread.com/field-notes

For a daily newsletter full of information from around the world about the spread of COVID-19 and ways countries are coping, read the newsletter from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. You can sign up for the newsletter at  https://www.globalhealthnow.org/

A map of where the disease is, case counts, number of deaths, and number of those recovered is an essential. This one is updated frequently and offered by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Find it at https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/

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