Coronavirus: Essential Reads

Looking for reliable facts and context on coronavirus? Stay informed with this curated guide to the global outbreak. Updated 4/2/20

For the latest news and data from affected countries, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security offers daily recaps with case counts and travel restrictions. Johns Hopkins also has a global map of confirmed outbreaks, while The New York Times has mapped confirmed U.S. cases. The World Health Organization has useful guides on protecting yourself and how to tell fact from myth. For official U.S. updates on the pandemic, visit

How the Pandemic Will End

Ed Yong • The Atlantic

The U.S. may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. This is how it’s going to play out.

Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful

Ed Yong • The Atlantic

We’ve known about SARS-CoV-2 for only three months, but scientists can make some educated guesses about where it came from and why it’s behaving in such an extreme way.

What Is a Pandemic?

Melissa Davey • The Guardian

The WHO has declared the Covid-19 outbreak to be a pandemic. But what does that mean?

The Best Books on Pandemics

Christian W. McMillen •

We would do well to educate ourselves about the history of pandemics and disease. University of Virginia historian and associate dean Christian W. McMillen, author of Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction, recommends the best introductions to the subject.

Who Is Getting Sick, and How Sick?

Sharon Begley • STAT News

The new coronavirus is not an equal-opportunity killer: Being elderly and having other illnesses, for instance, greatly increases the risk of dying from the disease the virus causes, Covid-19.

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