The Role of Journals in Dissemination of COVID-19 Information

  • 1 Michael Allon, MD, is professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he serves as the Associate Director for Clinical Affairs and the Medical Director of Dialysis Operations in the Division of Nephrology.
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In a matter of just a few weeks, COVID-19, a viral illness that none of us have previously heard of, has evolved into a global pandemic of a magnitude not encountered in over 100 years. As of March 20, 2020, there have been over 200,000 infections documented worldwide with nearly 9000 deaths. The number of infections in the US topped 14,000, and is expected to rise substantially as more tests are performed. Over 200 deaths have been reported.

COVID-19 has overwhelmed the healthcare systems in China, Korea, Italy, and Iran, and is growing in scope elsewhere at an alarming rate.