Resources for Learning about the Corona Virus/COVID-19

Compiled by Dr. Paul D. Barclay, Professor of History, Lafayette College

Data and Reports

Science. Articles about COVID-19 are unlocked.

The Lancet (open access): 

Nextstrain (Real-time tracking of pathogen evolution) (Thanks Professor James Orr)

“Coronavirus COVID-19: Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU).” Accessed March 27, 2020.

Wu, Jin, Weiyi Cai, Derek Watkins, and James Glanz. “How the Virus Got Out.” New York Times, March 22. Accessed March 27, 2020.

Wu, Jin, Allison McCann, Keith Collins, Karen Yourish, et. al. “Coronavirus Map: Tracking the Global Outbreak.” New York Times, last updated March 27.  Accessed March 27, 2020. 

Desjardins, Jeff. “The 7 Best COVID-19 Resources We’ve Discovered So Far.” Visual Capitalist, March 24. Accessed March 27, 2020.

World Health Organization Situation Reports

Debunking Myths about COVID-19 fact-checking website.

Historical Context

A collection of open access articles: “Anthropology and Epidemics, a Quarantine Reading List.” American Ethnologist. April 21, accessed April 23, 2020.

Strochlic, Nina and Riley D. Champine. “How Some Cities ‘Flattened the Curve’ During the 1918 Flu Pandemic. National Geographic. March 27, accessed April 20, 2020.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. “Pandemics and the Shape of Human History.” The New Yorker. April 6, Accessed April 9, 2020.

Rhodes, Ben. “The 9/11 Era Is Over.” The Atlantic. April 6, Accessed April 11, 2020.  (Thanks Professor Josh Sanborn)

De Waal, Alex. “New Pathogen, Old Politics: Thinking in a Pandemic.” Boston Review, April 3. Accessed April 11, 2020. (Thanks Professor Jeremy Zallen).

Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Rider, Pale Horse: Three Short Novels. (published in 1939).,_Pale_Rider 


“Maps and Trends: Hubei Timeline.” Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Accessed April 28, 2020.

“Daily Confirmed New Cases (5-day moving average).” Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Accessed April 28, 2020.

Schumaker, Erin. “Timeline: How Coronavirus Got Started.” ABC News, March 25. Accessed March 27, 2020.

“Coronavirus Outbreak Timeline Fast Facts.” CNN, March 26. Accessed March 27, 2020.

“Timeline: How the New Coronavirus Spread.” Al Jazeera, March 27. Accessed March 27, 2020.

Taylor, Derrick Bryson. “A Timeline of the Coronavirus Pandemic.” New York Times, March 27. Accessed March 27, 2020.

Allen-Ebrahimian, Bethany. “Timeline: The Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Outbreak and Cover-Up.” Axios, March 18. Accessed March 27, 2020.

Kiernanand, Samantha and Jason Socrates Bardi. “UPDATED: Timeline of the Coronavirus.” Think Global Health (Council on Foreign Relations), March 3. Accessed March 27, 2020.

Chalfant, Morgan and Brett Samuels. “White House Grapples with the Coronavirus Outbreak: A Timeline.” The Hill, March 23. Accessed March 23, 2020.

Geraghty, Jim. “The Comprehensive Timeline of China’s COVID-19 Lies.” National Review (blog), March 23. Accessed March 29, 2020.


Atlantic Monthly (open access): 

New York Times (open access):

Foreign Affairs (open access):


BBC News

Caixin Global 财新传媒

Think Global Health (an initiative of the CFR):

The Nation

The National Review

The Economist (pay wall):

Wall Street Journal (pay wall):

Higher Education and COVID-19

Maloney, Edward J.  and Joshua Kim. “15 Fall Scenarios: Higher Education in a Time of Social Distancing. Insider Higher Ed. April 22, accessed April 27, 2020.

Paxson, Christina. “College Campuses Must Reopen in the Fall. Here’s How We Do It.” New York Times. April 26, accessed April 27, 2020.

Wood, Graeme. “There’s No Simple Way to Reopen Universities.” The Atlantic. April 27, accessed April 27, 2020.

Inspiration from World Leaders

Angela Merkel:

Queen Elizabeth II:

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