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Biosci Trends. 2020 Mar 16;14(1):1-2. doi: 10.5582/bst.2020.01056. Epub 2020 Feb 25.

COVID-19: Real-time dissemination of scientific information to fight a public health emergency of international concern.

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Institute for Global Health Policy Research, Bureau of International Health Cooperation, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
International Health Care Center, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.
Department of Surgery, the University of Tokyo Hospital, Tokyo, Japan.


Rapidly sharing scientific information is an effective way to reduce public panic about COVID-19, and doing so is the key to providing real-time guidance to epidemiologists working to contain the outbreak, clinicians managing patients, and modelers helping to understand future developments and the possible effectiveness of various interventions. This issue has rapidly reviewed and published articles describing COVID-19, including the drug treatment options for SARS-CoV-2, its clinical characteristics, and therapies involving a combination of Chinese and Western medicine, the efficacy of chloroquine phosphate in the treatment of COVID-19 associated pneumonia according to clinical studies, and reflections on the system of reserve medical supplies for public health emergencies. As an academic journal, we will continue to quickly and transparently share data with frontline healthcare workers who need to know the epidemiological and clinical features of COVID-19.


2019-nCoV; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; sharing data

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