Locating COVID Data

The COVID-19 pandemic has lead to a massive explosion of research, publications and accumulated data. Multiple organizations, institutions, and governments make efforts to collect, organize, and disseminate their COVID-19 related data for the needs of further research, patient management and to address information needs of the public. It can be overwhelming for researchers though, to determine where to find the raw data, what it means, and how you can use it in your own research and publications. Select international and U.S. sources of COVID-19 data and statistics are listed below.


Global Data:

US Data:

New York State Data:

New York City Data:

  • NYC Health Coronavirus Data
    • Downloadable raw data on COVID-19 testing, cases, and deaths
    • Break data down by borough, poverty, age group, gender, race, and zip code
  • NYC Health COVID-19 Data
    • Visualized data on cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and testing
    • Historical data


PubMed Evidence Based Practice Training Course

With the launch of New PubMed, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has revamped their learning resources to reflect the changes, additions, and upgrades to the PubMed interface. One of the new courses they have launched is Using PubMed for Evidence-Based Practice. This course replaces the former PubMed for Nurses course, to provide training for all clinicians wanting to conduct evidence-based research. This new course includes a variety of scenarios and hands-on exercises, as well as additional exercises.

Search PubMed’s Covid-19 Hub: LitCovid

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed an open-resource literature hub called LitCovid. This curated resource provides daily updated literature on Covid-19 across the globe. Each of the 3,200+ (as of today) articles are categorized by topic, geographic location (if one is mentioned in the abstract), and publication date (by weeks), to quickly focus results.

Literature is categorized as one (or more) of the following topics:

  • General Info – general information and news related to Covid-19
  • Mechanism – symptoms, clinical characteristics, and findings from sequence and image analysis
  • Transmission – characteristics and modes of Covid-19 transmission, such as human-to-human
  • Treatment – treatment strategies, therapeutic procedures, and vaccine development
  • Case Report – descriptions of specific patient cases
  • Epidemic Forecasting – modelling and estimating the trend of Covid-19 spread
  • Diagnosis – Methods to detect Covid-19
  • Prevention – Prevention, control, and management strategies

Within each set of results there are filters for the top 10 journals and the top 10 countries. There is also the ability to quickly identify all literature coming from a specific country, such as the United States.

The search bar at the top allows for more granular and specific searches broadly across  LitCovid as well as within any of the topics or filters.

Other features of LitCovid are the ability to export results as an RIS file to import into citation management tools (eg. EndNote), create and subscribe to an RSS feed. One feature that unfortunately has not been added yet are search alert capabilities outside of RSS feeds.

Check out the MSK Library’s frequently updated list of Covid-19 resources.

If you need more detailed assistance in finding Covid-19 literature or information, please reach out to the library.