Weekly Science Review

Our weekly science review is a snapshot of the new and emerging scientific evidence related to COVID-19. The findings captured are subject to change as new information is made available

Rendering of the 2019-nCoV virion. Dan Higgins, MAM/CDC/REUTERS

Latest Review:

October 3–9

  • Mask mandate effectiveness
  • Weekly Research Highlights

October 3–9

  • Mask mandate effectiveness
  • Weekly Research Highlights

September 26-October 2 2020

  • Dose (inoculum) of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 severity
  • How is vaccine safety monitored in the U.S.?
  • Can dogs detect COVID-19?
  • Weekly Research Highlights

September 19-25

  • COVID-19 vaccine prioritization in the U.S.
  • COVID-19 vaccine prioritization on the global scale: the COVAX Facility
  • How can you be inside safely during cold weather?
  • Weekly Research Highlights

September 12-18

  • Flu and COVID-19
  • COVID-19 and flu: Who gets infected and how?
  • General clinical features of flu and COVID-19
  • Severe flu and COVID-19
  • Comparing the severity of flu and COVID-19
  • Genetic structure and implications for acquired protective immunity and vaccines
  • Treating the flu and COVID-19
  • Weekly Research Highlights

August 29 – Sept 11

  • Emergency use authorization (EUA) of medical products during the COVID-19 pandemic including a look ahead at possible EUA of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • How do we track deaths from COVID-19?
  • Weekly Research Highlights

August 22-28 2020

  • COVID-19 reinfection
  • Is it safe to fly during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What is convalescent plasma?
  • What is Abbott’s new 15-minute test for COVID-19?
  • Weekly Research Highlights

August 15-21 2020

  • Update on COVID-19 in Africa
  • Herd immunity, reproduction numbers and human behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Guidance on how long people with COVID-19 should isolate
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and managing indoor air during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • What is saliva-based testing for COVID-19?
  • Weekly Research Highlights

August 8-14 2020

  • The indirect impacts of COVID-19 on health and essential health services in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Why focus on sub-Saharan Africa?
  • What did we learn from Ebola and can this be applied to COVID-19?
  • What are potential direct and indirect effects of COVID-19 on health and health systems?
  • How might COVID-19 affect health services?
  • How may the indirect health effects of COVID-19 be measured? What do the data show?
  • Weekly Research Highlights

August 1-7, 2020

  • The role of T cells in adaptive immunity to COVID-19
  • Seasonal influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Weekly Research Highlights

July 25-31 2020

  • In-Depth Review of the 3 W’s: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance.
  • Should the general public wear eye protection to protect from COVID-19?
  • Weekly Research Highlights

July 18-24, 2020

  • Update on COVID-19 vaccine development
  • What is antigen testing?
  • What is pooled testing?
  • Weekly Research Highlights

July 11-17, 2020

  • Tracking COVID-19 in the United States
  • Weekly Research Highlights

July 4-10, 2020

  • Update on airborne transmission of COVID-19: evidence and implications for precautions
  • Expanding social networks safely through bubbles
  • Weekly Research Highlights

June 27-July 3, 2020

  • HIV and COVID-19
  • Colleges and universities confront COVID-19
  • Weekly Research Highlights

June 20-26, 2020

  • Reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Susceptibility, severity of illness and transmission of COVID-19 in children
  • Susceptibility of children to COVID-19
  • Severity of COVID-19 infection in children
  • COVID-19 transmission by children to others
  • The role of school closure in controlling COVID-19 transmission
  • Potential impacts of school closures due to COVID-19 and how to reopen schools safely
  • FAQs
  • Weekly Research Highlights

June 13-19, 2020

  • COVID-19 trends in the United States
  • Face mask update
  • Fecal transmission of COVID-19
  • Dexamethasone use in those with severe COVID-19 illness
  • Weekly Research Highlights

June 6-12 2020

  • MMR vaccine and COVID-19
  • ABO blood type and COVID-19
  • Where did SARS-CoV-2 come from?
  • What do we know about smoking, vaping and COVID-19?
  • What is a preprint article?
  • Weekly Research Highlights

May 30 – June 5 2020

  • Eleven epidemiological fallacies in COVID-19
  • Returning to work and COVID-19
  • The impacts of COVID-19 on mental health in the United States
  • Addiction and recovery during COVID-19
  • Weekly Research Highlights

May 23–29 2020

  • Testing and test data, what it can and cannot tell us
  • The influence of physical distancing on diseases other than COVID-19
  • Indoor versus outdoor transmission of COVID-19
  • Weekly Article Highlights

May 16–22 2020

  • Asymptomatic infections in COVID-19 revisited
  • Anosmia revisited
  • Weekly Research Highlights

May 10-17 2020

  • Estimated impact of COVID-19 on life expectancy in New York City
  • COVID-19 and surface contamination
  • The changing landscape of COVID-19 diagnostics
  • COVID-19 immunity certificates
  • Weekly Research Highlights

May 2–8 2020

  • Assessing COVID-19 resurgence
  • Children and transmission risk
  • Hyperinflammatory shock and Kawasaki Disease with a link to COVID-19 in children
  • ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) and risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • What are COVID toes?
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health

April 25 – May 1 2020

  • Country preparedness and COVID-19
  • Stroke, thrombotic, and thromboembolic events in COVID-19 patients
  • COVID-19 in correctional facilities and homeless shelters
  • Relaxing public health and social measures in the United States
  • Remdesivir
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical Features

April 18-24 2020

  • Past, current and future COVID-19 infections: the size of the iceberg and what tests can and can’t tell us
  • COVID-19 testing prioritization in the United States
  • Tracking the virus, its genome, and mutations - a critical aspect of disease surveillance.
  • COVID-19 and Noncommunicable Diseases
  • Other infectious diseases and COVID-19
  • Can I wear contact lenses during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical features

April 11–17 2020

  • Using data to assess adherence with public health and social measures can better inform decision-making
  • SARS-CoV-1 (SARS) vaccines and implications for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) vaccine development
  • Hydroxychloroquine and potential impacts
  • Red eyes and COVID-19
  • Proximity to runners and cyclers
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical features
  • Management
  • Prevention

April 4–10 2020

  • Nowcasting in the context of COVID-19
  • BCG and COVID-19
  • Impact of dosage (inoculum) on COVID-19 severity
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical features
  • Management
  • How much do we touch our faces and what does that mean for COVID-19?
  • Sanitary recommendations for bringing packages into the home

March 28–April 3, 2020

  • Syndromic surveillance should be explored as an early signal for COVID-19
  • Face masks in the community
  • Pets and COVID-19
  • How common is asymptomatic infection?
  • Can someone get re-infected?
  • Epidemiology
  • Response
  • How does COVID-19 relate to blood type?

March 21-27, 2020

  • Loss of smell or taste in COVID-19
  • Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 prophylaxis
  • Serology
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical
  • Non-pharmaceutical interventions
  • Will a rise in outdoor temperature affect COVID-19?

March 14-20, 2020

  • COVID-19 Mortality by age
  • Antivirals for COVID-19
  • Pediatric COVID-19
  • Weekly research highlights
  • Should COVID-19 patients avoid NSAIDs (like ibuprofen)?
  • Does smoking increase the risk of infection from COVID-19?
  • Should anti-hypertensive medications in the Renin-Angiotensin System inhibition class be avoided because of the risk of COVID-19?

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