SARS-CoV-2 & COVID 19 –

Select resources and readings, with an emphasis on humanities-based and critical-theoretical inquiry

This is a working document, one that will change and expand over time. Updates will occur weekly. Portions of the list follow from and inform my current research. Other portions are the beginning of an attempt to document the formation COVID-19’s “archive” and the compound question of evidence that has appeared with the pandemic.

Suggestions for additions are welcome.

Updated 3 August 2020


1/ Medical-scientific resources on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19

2/ Special issues & collected essays on COVID-19

3/ SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 – critical bibliographies, syllabi, and databases

4/ Public health databases and resources on COVID-19

5/ COVID-19—disproportionate impact and structural racism

6/ Bioethics and biopolitics

7/ Arguing about COVID-19 – responses and essays from the early days of the pandemic

8/ The question of evidence

9/ SARS-CoV-2 transmission & masks – the scientific and political debate


1/ Medical-Scientific Resources on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 (mostly open access, for now)

The Lancet – Coronavirus Resources

JAMA Portal

Oxford, The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

New England Journal of Medicine – COVID-19

British Medical Journal COVID-19 Hub

WHO resources on COVID-19

Scientific American special section on COVID19

MIT Press – Selected Articles for Understanding Pandemics and Epidemiology

MedRxix/bioRxiv – COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 preprints (take some care here; not yet peer-reviewed)

Genomic Study Points to Natural Origin of COVID-19

Substantial undocumented infection facilitates the rapid dissemination of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) (Science Magazine)


Statement on data sharing


2/ COVID-19 – Special Issues & Collected Essays

Critical Inquiry, Posts from the Pandemic

Philosophy & Rhetoric special issue – In the Midst of COVID-19

AES, Pandemic Diaries

LA Review of Books, The Quarantine Files

The Syllabus, Coronavirus Readings – The Politics of COVID-19 (poorly titled – a wide-ranging and international collection from the early days of the pandemic.)

Middlebury College, Humanities During COVID-19, A list of articles, blogs, and other media about humanistic inquiry and work related to and during the COVID-19 pandemic (quite the title…a big collection that appears to have ran out of steam in late June)

Jama Network Humanities essays

TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies- Special Issue on COVID19

Townsend Center, Cal-Berkeley, Pandemic Diaries

SSRC essays on COVID-19

Duke university Press collection on pandemics and contagions

Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics – May 2020…

Public Philosophy Journal (3:1 – 2020)


3/ SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 – bibliographies, syllabi, and databases (includes critical, medical, and scientific resources)

Social Science Research Council, COVID-19 syllabus

University of Pittsburgh, Center for Bioethics and Health law, COVID-19 Medical Humanities Resources (a good set of readings, including materials for teaching)

COVID-19 & Philosophy: Towards a Bibliography

Duke university Press collection on pandemics and contagions

Elsevier, COVID-19 related papers

Sage Journals – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research (some open access)


General resource page

JSTOR, Teaching Pandemics Syllabus  (an interesting early collection)

JSTOR A science reader on COVID-19 (also an early collection)


Journalism – collections/special sections

The Atlantic, What you need to know about COVID-19 (ongoing series)

Boston Review, Thinking in a Pandemic

CHE, Live Coronavirus Updates


4/ / Public health databases and resources on COVID-19

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics

China CDC Weekly

The Covid Tracking Project

Covid Racial Data Tracker

World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Reports

American CDC


5/ COVID-19—disproportionate impact and structural racism (also see above – e.g. special issues and collections)

United Nations on COVID-19

CDC, COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups

BLM, COVID-19 Resources

Berkeley Public Health, Responses to COVID-19

AAAS, COVID-19 and Human Rights Resources

Egede, at al, Structural Racism, Social Risk Factors, and Covid-19 — A Dangerous Convergence for Black Americans (NEJM – several useful citations)

Berkowtiz, et al, Covid-19 and Health Equity — Time to Think Big (NEJM)

Garber, et al, Structural inequities in the global supply of personal protective equipment (BMJ)

Crear-Perry, et al Moving towards anti-racist praxis in medicine (Lancet) (useful citations)

Price-Haywood et al, Hospitalization and Mortality among Black Patients and White Patients with Covid-19 (NEJM, early study)


WP, Pandemic’s weight falls on Hispanics and Native Americans, as deaths pass 150,000 (31.7)

NYT, The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus


6/ Bioethics and biopolitics

WHO, Ethics in epidemics, emergencies and disasters: Research, surveillance and patient care (2015)

University of Pittsburgh, COVID-19 Ethics Resources

AMA, COVID-19 Ethics Resource Center

World Emergency COVID19 Pandemic Ethics (WeCope) Committee

Miami University – Pandemic Ethics Resources

Italy: SIAARTI (Società Italiana di Anestesia, Analgesia, Rianimazione e Terapia Intensiva): Raccomandazioni di etica clinica per l’ammissione a trattamenti intensivi e per la loro sospensione, in condizioni eccezionali di squilibrio tra necessità e risorse disponibili (2020) (Clinical ethics recommendations for admission to intensive treatments and for their suspension, in exceptional conditions of imbalance between needs and available resources SIAARTI translation; Raho translation).

Switzerland: Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences and Society of (2020) Intensive Care, COVID-19 pandemic: triage for intensive-care treatment under resource scarcity (2020)

The Extraordinary Decisions Facing Italian Doctors


Pandemic Politics

Atlantic, All the President’s Lies About the Coronavirus

Lancet editor Richard Horton has harsh words for Trump, hope for science

United Nations on COVID-19

Digital rights in the COVID-19 era (co-sponsored with UNS-G)


Key political documents & declarations

Declaration of US National Emergency


7/ Arguing about COVID-19 – responses and essays from the early days of the pandemic


Early Responses – speeches and forums:

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa – extension of national lock-down

Speech by Emily Landon, chief infectious disease epidemiologist at University of Chicago Medicine  Full speech here (starts at 34.50)

Johns Hopkins SNF Agora Symposium on the Politics and Policy of COVID-19

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on COVID-19

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on COVID-19

South African President declaration of a national lockdown (compare the tone with that in the US!)

A substantive interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci


Select essays and articles from the early days of the pandemic:

Luu, When Language Goes Viral

Restarting America Means People Will Die. So When Do We Do It?

Lessons from the confinement

On the term ‘epidemic’

The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun

The great empty 

How the Pandemic Is Magnifying America’s Class Divide

Let Andrew Cuomo speak for America, not Trump (an op-ed on the demands of public speaking)

Science, Preventing COVID-19 prejudice in academia

McSweeney’s, A force outside myself: citizens over 60 speak

Judith Butler discussing COVID-19

COVID-19 and the Global Ethics Freefall

The Medical Ethics of the Coronavirus Crisis

Slavoj Zizek: Biggest threat Covid-19 epidemic poses


8/ The question of evidence

Failing the Test — The Tragic Data Gap Undermining the U.S. Pandemic Response


9/ SARS-CoV-2 transmission & masks – the scientific and political debate

Medical/Engineering/Physics  debate:

Santarpia et al Aerosol and surface contamination of SARS-CoV-2 observed in quarantine and isolation care (Nature 29.7)

Fennelly, Particle sizes of infectious aerosols: implications for infection control (Lancet 24.7)

Chen et al, Short-range airborne route dominates exposure of respiratory infection during close contact (Building and Environment 6.2020)

Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Transmission Dynamics of COVID-19

Papers about effectiveness of basic masks #masks4all (google doc – extensive lit review)

  1. Morawska, It is Time to Address Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 (open letter to WHO)

Minimal transmission in an influenza A (H3N2) human challenge-transmission model within a controlled exposure environment

A sneeze

Coughing and Aerosols (six feet?)

Howard, et al Face Masks Against COVID-19: An Evidence Review

(PNAS 10.4)


Critical work:

Wallace, Masking: Response-ability, in Unsteady, Broken Breaths


Transmission/masks in the popular media:

NYT, The Mask Slackers of 1918 (1.8)

Marr, Yes, the Coronavirus Is in the Air (30.7)

NYT Ed. Masks for All (29.7)

Hill, Gohmert blames mask for positive COVID-19 test (29.7)

Fox, Taller people face higher risk of catching COVID-19, survey says (29.7)

1918 Anti-Mask League of San Francisco

WSJ, How Face Masks Work and Which Types Offer the Best Covid-19 Protection (28.7)

NYT, We Made a Mistake With Masks. Now It Could Be Tests (28.7)

WP, Wearing masks might help you avoid major illness even if you get coronavirus, experts say (28.7)

Vice, Customers Who Refused Masks Assault Trader Joe’s Workers, Send One to the Hospital (28.7)

Atlantic, Hygiene Theater Is a Huge Waste of Time (27.7)

Fox, Surgeon General Jerome Adams sides with Trump on opposing national coronavirus mask mandate (20.7)

WSJ, Face masks do matter (20.7)

White anti-mask protesters jeered a black pastor demanding Tulsa race massacre reparations (18.7)

NYT, The Flu May Linger in the Air, Just Like the Coronavirus (7/14)

NYT, The Coronavirus Can Be Airborne Indoors, W.H.O. Says (7/9)

Fox, Does wearing a face mask pose any health risks? (2 July – after DT embraces masks)

Atlantic,  Everyone Thinks They’re Right About Masks