Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

About COVID-19 

CIDRAP is tracking and analyzing the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The CIDRAP COVID-19 Resource Center provides a deep well of information for public health experts, business preparedness leaders, government officials, and the public.

COVID Reality Check

"You can make a vaccine against anything very quickly. But it needs to be effective and safe. This is a long process that can take months to years, even under optimal conditions."

-Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH

USNS Comfort, Navy hospital ship, in NYC

US COVID-19 death toll nears 3,000, cases exceed 160,000

A total of 1,218 fatalities have occurred in New York, the hardest-hit state.

Masks and respirators

COMMENTARY: COVID-19 transmission messages should hinge on science

An important mode of transmission—close-range aerosol spread—needs to be part of the COVID-19 prevention equation.

Assembly line pills

Experts say COVID-19 will likely lead to US drug shortages

The US depends heavily on drugs made in other countries, especially India and China.

NEWS AND PERSPECTIVE

People wearing masks on a train

COMMENTARY: Masks-for-all for COVID-19 not based on sound data

The evidence does not favor using masks, whether homemade or surgical, to protect people against the disease. And they may confuse people about distancing recomendations and give a false sense of security.

Scientist using PCR machine

Experts question practicality of testing in COVID-19 response

Any plan to wean the country from lockdowns must face the reality of supply chain shortages.

Empty Frankfurt airport

Rapid COVID-19 escalation pushes world past 900,000 cases

The world is witnessing nearly exponential growth, and deaths have more than doubled this past week.

COVID-19 oral swabbing

White House hints at COVID-19 mask use as cases top 200,000

States reporting a large jump in cases include New York, Michigan, Florida, and Louisiana.