Contributed by DJ Bandoy, DVM
Covid-19 is the name given by the World Health Organization to the severe respiratory disease due to 2019-nCOV. What is astonishing is the speed of release of preprints in Biorkiv of several studies from phylogenetics to virus pseudotyping. While public health concern triumphs over the need for peer review, uncurated papers lead to wild conspiracy theories. This is where social media scientists play a role, hence the heavily criticized paper linking coronavirus with HIV virus is retracted. All of my papers so far are biorkived because coming from a Third World country, my inability to access journal articles hindered my research before coming to UC Davis.