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, ChinaThe Lancet, 24 January

A pneumonia outbreak associated with a new coronavirus of probable bat originNature, 3 February

A new coronavirus associated with human respiratory disease in ChinaNature, 3 February

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

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

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

Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masksNature Medicine, 3 April

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

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

Estimating the effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions on COVID-19 in EuropeNature, 8 June

The effect of large-scale anti-contagion policies on the COVID-19 pandemicNature, 8 June

Retraction—Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysisThe Lancet, 20 June

A Randomized Trial of Hydroxychloroquine as Postexposure Prophylaxis for Covid-19New England Journal of Medicine, 3 June

Association Between Administration of Systemic Corticosteroids and Mortality Among Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19JAMA, 2 September

Immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2 assessed for greater than six months after infection – bioRxiv, 16 November

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Re-infection by a Phylogenetically Distinct Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Strain Confirmed by Whole Genome SequencingClinical Infectious Diseases, 25 August

Nature’s COVID research updates – summarising key coronavirus papers as they appear

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