Coronapod: The big COVID research papers of 2020

Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker and Traci Watson discuss some of 2020's most significant coronavirus research papers.

In the final Coronapod of 2020, we dive into the scientific literature to reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers have discovered so much about SARS-CoV-2 – information that has been vital for public health responses and the rapid development of effective vaccines. But we also look forward to 2021, and the critical questions that remain to be answered about the pandemic.

Papers discussed

A Novel Coronavirus from Patients with Pneumonia in China, 2019 - New England Journal of Medicine, 24 January

Clinical features of patients infected with 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China - The Lancet, 24 January

A pneumonia outbreak associated with a new coronavirus of probable bat origin - Nature, 3 February

A new coronavirus associated with human respiratory disease in China - Nature, 3 February

Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19 - Nature Medicine, 15 April

Spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the Icelandic Population - New England Journal of Medicine, 11 June

High SARS-CoV-2 Attack Rate Following Exposure at a Choir Practice — Skagit County, Washington, March 2020 - Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, 15 August

Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks - Nature Medicine, 3 April

Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1 - New England Journal of Medicine, 13 April

Projecting the transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 through the postpandemic period - Science, 22 May

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