The “new Coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic outbreak” became the COVID-19 pandemic. With time we learn more about the SARS-CoV-2 (the virus), the COVID-19 (the disease) and its multiple components and impacts. As a result, we must continue to closely monitor it, using the best possible ressources available.
All actors should also develop scenarios to make sure they are ready across all possible futures.
Here, you will find a list of reliable sources to monitor the COVID-19 epidemic outbreak and its virus, the SARS-CoV-2.
Considering the danger of the spread of fake news enhanced and fed by the fear related to an epidemic, this is a contribution to struggling against dangerous perceptions and rumours.
Official and Scientific – To follow the evolution of the outbreak in near real-time and statistics’ estimates for the future
John Hopkins CSSE: Tracking the COVID-19 (ex 2019-nCoV) spread in real-time – map and graphs. This remains the best resource for quasi real time update. Mobile Version
Reuters COVID-19 Global tracker
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) – daily situation update worldwide
1Point3Acres – COVID-19 in US and Canada and for the world: real time updates – Detailed updates per state for the U.S.
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME): COVID-19 Projections grounded in real official data, with peak estimates, total fatalities estimate, and impact on hospital system – data and projections for U.S. per states, for the EEA, and for some states/regions of some EU states (Germany, Italy, Spain) – Beware, the projections have been criticised by epidemiologists for being unreliable.
U.S. only: The COVID tracking project
International Society for Infectious Diseases: ProMED-mail.
WHO Map of updates, but it is late compared with the John Hopkins map (see reference above).
Official and governmental sources about the COVID-19 epidemic outbreak
World Health Organization (WHO): website for the outbreak of 2019–nCov.
Countries with major epidemic outbreaks (all phases – per alphabetical order)
As the pandemic spreads to more countries, we only give sources for the first countries infected.
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC): website.
China CDC: distribution of infection of new coronavirus (updated map and figures).
China CDC: Tracking the epidemic
In Chinese: 新型冠状病毒疫情 = new coronavirus epidemic
DXY (DXY.cn), the world’s largest online professional community of physicians, medical institutions, healthcare providers, and life science researchers. Established in 2000, over 4 million registered members in China and other countries in 2020: Coronavirus dedicated website updated stats, news and maps.
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: COVID-19 Pandemic
Ministère de la Santé et des Solidarités: Coronavirus COVID-19 et Coronavirus : informations aux professionnels de santé
Santé publique France: Infection à coronavirus and notably, for updates, Infection au nouveau Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), COVID-19, France et Monde.
Indicators and Maps: Geodes – COVID 19
Mission Coordination Risque Epidémiologique et Biologique (COREB): COVID-19
Bundesministerium für Gesundheit: Covid-19 Aktuelle Informationen zum Coronavirus
RKI website : Official updates of confirmed cases – Current figures
Ministero della Salute – Nuovo coronavirus (New Coronavirus) – Press releases, and news-type updates. Now includes daily update count.
- The Red Team Analysis Weekly – 29 April 2021
- Strategic Foresight, Warning and Intelligence Products and Documents
- The Chinese Fishing Fleet, Influence and Hunger Wars
- Why the Messenger Got Shot and how to Avoid this Fate
- Early Warning Systems & Indicators – Training for the ESFSI in Tunisia
- Losing Texas to Climate Change and the COVID-19?
It is difficult to find sources of information on a par with Asia. The number of confirmed cases compared with the number of death considering the still very approximative case-fatality rate let us assume that Iran has not yet set up the capability to follow in detail the outbreak.
In the meantime, we may use:
Ministry of Health, Labour and Warfare: About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with daily updates of cases.
National Institute of Infectious Diseases: COVID updates (notably on the situation on the Princess Diamond).
In Korean: 코로나바이러스감염증-19(COVID-19) = Coronavirus Infection-19 (COVID-19).
Scientific contributions about the COVID-19 (ex 2019-nCoV) pandemic
In-depth understanding of the new Coronavirus as it develops
The Lancet: COVID-19 (ex 2019-nCoV) Resource Centre.
Elsevier: Novel Coronavirus Information Center.
Nature: News update on the coronavirus.
The New England Journal of Medicine: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
BioRxiv: biological scientific papers waiting for peer-reviews – Coronavirus
MedRxiv: scientific and medical papers waiting for peer-reviews – Coronavirus
Institut Pasteur: Fiche Coronavirus de Wuhan (FR).
Tracking various Issues
COVID-19 reinfection tracker – BNO News (started August 2020)
Explaining the coronavirus (Youtube): Medical Lectures (MedCram.com)