The Best Sources for Updates and News on the Coronavirus

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The past weeks have brought quite a change of pace – to markets, to countries, to daily life. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, along with COVID-19 (the disease it causes), has spread worldwide. We are in a new normal.

Here at RCS, our mission remains unchanged: to bring you the most clear, relevant, and evidence-based science news and opinion. Of late, that means our daily updates have been dominated by the coronavirus. In our attempts to seek out the best information on the pandemic, we've noticed a variety of websites, organizations, and writers that have consistently done outstanding work. We'd like to highlight a few of them now, while acknowledging that there are many more dedicated sources also striving diligently to inform the public and arrest the viral threat. You'll find their reports regularly featured at RCS as the outbreak plays out over the ensuing weeks and months.


For daily updates, visit STAT, Live Science, NewScientist, Kaiser Health News, Gizmodo, and the Associated Press.

For more intermittent, yet still terrific, content, head to Nature News and Science-Based Medicine.

For an comprehensive guide to the outbreak, check out Ars Technica.

For regularly updated and in-depth data, visit WorldoMeter.


Dr. Aaron E. Carroll is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute who writes for the New York Times, blogs at The Incidental Economist, and makes videos at Healthcare Triage.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb was the 23rd commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Isabella Eckerle, a professor at the Geneva Center for Emerging Viral Diseases in Switzerland

Dr. Michael T. Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.


James Hamblin, MD, is a staff writer at The Atlantic and a lecturer at Yale School of Public Health.

Helen Branswell is STAT’s infectious diseases and public health reporter.

Alex Berezow, PhD is a microbiologist the Vice President of Scientific Communications at the American Council on Science and Health. (Full disclosure: Berezow was the founding editor of RCS.)

Ed Cara is a science writer at Gizmodo.

Robert Walker is a contributor at Science 2.0.


Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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