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The Corona Pandemic: Background and News

This page provides access to a limited number of selected resources from external sources on scientific issues relating to the global Corona (COVID-19) pandemic
The collection is continuously updated by a number of academy members according to their personal interest in the subject matters, and therefore, some links may overlap.
The sharing of these resources should not be considered an endorsement by the Academy of their content, validity or implications.
What's going on: Updates and Global Aspects
*COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic - Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance / Worldometer
*SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) by the numbers (website) / The Weizmann Institute of Science
*Coping with COVID-19 (Editorial). Nat. Geosci. 13, 257 (2020)
*Vaccine designers take first shots at COVID-19 / By Jon Cohen and Kai Kupferschmidt, Science 368 (6486), pp. 14-16. DOI: 10.1126/science.368.6486.14
*Countries test tactics in ‘war’ against COVID-19 / By Jon Cohen and Kai Kupferschmidt, Science 367 (6484), 1287-1288. DOI: 10.1126/science.367.6484.1287
Preprints and Papers
*D.F. Robbiani et al. (2020, unedited manuscript). Convergent antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 in convalescent individuals. Nature.
*A. Grifoni et al. (2020). Targets of T cell responses to SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in humans with COVID-19 disease and unexposed individuals. Cell. DOI:  
*L.A.J. O’Neill & M.G. Netea (2020). BCG-induced trained immunity: can it offer protection against COVID-19? Nat Rev Immunol. DOI:
*D. Kanduc & Y. Shoenfeld (2020). On the molecular determinants of the SARS-CoV-2 attack. Clinical Immunology. Volume 215, June 2020, 108426. DOI:  
*N. Shental, S. Levy, S. Skorniakov, V. Wuvshet, Yo. Shemer-Avni, A. Porgador, T. Hertz (2020 was not peer-reviewed). Efficient high throughput SARS-CoV-2 testing to detect asymptomatic carriers. MedRxiv (Retrieved May 6, 2020). doi:
*E. Adams et al. (2020, was not peer-reviewed). Evaluation of antibody testing for SARS-Cov-2 using ELISA and lateral flow immunoassays. MedRxiv (retrieved April 26, 2020).  
*E. Bendavid et al. (2020, was not peer-reviewed). COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, California. MedRxiv (retrieved April 19, 2020)
*J. P. Broughton et al. (2020). CRISPR–Cas12-based detection of SARS-CoV-2. Nat Biotechnol.
*D.F. Gudbjartsson et al. (2020). Spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the Icelandic Population. The New England Journal of Medicin. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2006100
*J. Yuan, Y. Lu, X. Cao & H. Cui (2020). Regulating wildlife conservation and food safety to prevent human exposure to novel virus. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability. Volume 6, 2020 - Issue 1.
*L. Luo et al. (2020, was not peer-reviewed). Modes of contact and risk of transmission in COVID-19 among close contacts. MedRxiv (retrieved March 30, 2020) doi:
*S. Kissler, C. Tedijanto, M. Lipsitch and Y.H. Grad (2020, was not peer-reviewed). Social distancing strategies for curbing the COVID-19 epidemic. MedRxiv (retrieved March 29, 2020)
*Wrapp et al. (2020). Cryo-EM structure of the 2019-nCoV spike in the prefusion conformation. Science 367 (6483), 1260-1263. DOI: 10.1126/science.abb2507
*Y. Shoenfeld (2020, Epub ahead of print). Corona (COVID-19) time musings: Our involvement in COVID-19 pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and vaccine planning. Autoimmun Rev. 2020 Apr 5:102538. doi: 10.1016/j.autrev.2020.102538
*Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1 / Correspondence, The New England Journal of Medicine
Lectures and Presentations
*VIDEO (starts min 16): A Statistical Perspective on Covid-19 Testing / Prof. David Donoho. Statistical Society of Canada 2020 Presidential Invited Address. Lecture Slides
*VIDEO: Coronavirus :How Easy Will it Be to Develop Drugs and Vaccines / Lecture by Prof. Amos Panet of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem  
*VIDEO: You Need To Listen To This Leading COVID-19 Expert From South Korea (A talk with Prof. Kim Woo-joo from Korea University Guro Hospital) | Asian Boss
*VIDEO: Simulating an Epidemic - Experiments with Toy SIR Models / By 3blue1brown
Other COVID-19 Information Hubs
*Molecular Medicine Israel Portal / Israel Institute of Molecular Medicine (IIMM)
*LitCovid - an open access literature hub compiling the most comprehensive collection of international research papers so far on the new coronavirus disease COVID-1/ By the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
*COVID-19 Scientific Resources / Centre for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action (CERAH)
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