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Identifying Research Trends and Gaps in the Context of COVID-19

by Hongyue Zhang 1 and Rajib Shaw 2,*
1
Ocean College, Minjiang University, Fujian 350108, China
2
Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Fujisawa 252-088, Japan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3370; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103370
Received: 6 April 2020 / Revised: 7 May 2020 / Accepted: 7 May 2020 / Published: 12 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Public Health Statistics and Risk Assessment)
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world in different ways. Not only are people’s lives and livelihoods affected, but the virus has also affected people’s lifestyles. In the research sector, there have been significant changes, and new research is coming very strongly in the related fields of virology and epidemiology. Similar trends were observed after the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) episodes of 2003 and 2012, respectively. Analyzing 20 years of published scientific papers, this article points out the highlights of coronavirus-related research. Significant progress is observed in the past research related to virology, epidemiology, infectious diseases among others. However, in research linked to public health, its governance, technology, and risk communication there seem to be gap areas. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) global research road map has identified social science-related research as a priority area, more focus needs to be given in the upcoming days for multi, cross and trans-disciplinary research related to public health and disaster risk reduction. View Full-Text
Keywords: coronavirus research trends; COVID-19; public health and disaster risk reduction; social science research; public health preparedness; mitigation; response and recover; World Health Organization research roadmap coronavirus research trends; COVID-19; public health and disaster risk reduction; social science research; public health preparedness; mitigation; response and recover; World Health Organization research roadmap
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Zhang, H.; Shaw, R. Identifying Research Trends and Gaps in the Context of COVID-19. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3370.

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