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Coronaviruses – a general introduction, CEBM (updated 29th June 2020)

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The author states that he had previously highlighted the fact that the major peaks of interest in the coronaviruses have followed major infections in humans and animals. In a BMJ opinion column on 31 January this year, he wrote that he expected to see another peak in the numbers of publications following the current epidemic. The original graph ended with the 2019 figures but the latest numbers from 2020 have now been added, which shows that the prophecy has been fulfilled - more publications on coronaviruses have been logged in Pubmed in the first 12 weeks of 2020 than in any previous complete year. The difficulty in preventing and treating the infection is matched by the difficulty in keeping up with the published literature.


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Created by
Sarah Stones
Published by
Current Awareness Service for Health