Research Insights About Covid-19

We attempt to provide selected highlights in recent research findings

Last Update on 1 June 2020

Gaps in Research

we hope to find out more information in these areas:

A.  Medicine and Health

  • Tracking the seasonality of the COVID 19 with current flu season

  • Studying the co-infection with other parasites/pathogen and/or if increase/decrease the COVID19 virulence

  • Transmission studies in various alternative mammalian host that may act as potential reservoirs and/or definitive host for COVID19

  • Investigate plant metabolites as drug targets

  • Immunology of susceptible hosts

  • Passive antibody therapy

  • Asymptomatic transmission risk (if asymptomatic throughout and also asymptomatic after originally being symptomatic)

  • Symptomatic transmission risk and timelines

  • Cycle time interpretation and link to symptoms and transmission

  • Alternative transmission routes

  • Pathogenesis of viral diseases, its mutations and evolutions

  • Antiviral drug and vaccine development

  • Role of IL6 inhibitors and when best to begin it

  • Role of pre and post exposure prophylaxis

  • Co-morbidities and it’s influence on disease course

  • Biomarkers discovery and role in predicting cytokine storm (is finding a balance btwn allowing immune system to work vs before it comes into overdrive , and also knowing when to best start IL6)

  • Psychological and mental health

  • Radiological imaging, efficacy of CT

  • Long term effect post COVID19 on lungs

  • Secondary infection rates, risk

  • Bioethics

B.  Science and Engineering

  • IoT medical devices

  • Big data generation and analysis

  • Advanced modeling and simulation

  • GPS on viral disease distribution

  • Ultrastructure of virus (synchrotron radiation, crystallography)

  • Respirators and ventilators design and development

  • Protective devices during surgery

  • Apps for public, patients and health care workers, education, counseling

C.  Social Science, Humanities and Public Policy

  • E-learning during lockdown, study at home

  • Work from home, return to work

  • Impact on travel, economic recovery

  • Supply chain modeling

  • Stress diagnosis and management

  • Migrants and refugees, indigenous people

  • Government (incentives, policies, rescue of business, hospitality industries)

  • Crisis management (city lockdown management)

  • Law enforcement (law and order)

  • Media (mainstream, social, fake news)

  • Revamping of retail services

  • Social cohesion

  • Transforming religious rites and worship

  • Changing tradition and practices (Qing Ming/Good Friday & Easter/Ramadan, etc)

  • Social economic recovery (including possible permanent loss of jobs made redundant by change in behaviour)

  • Trust (or lack of it on government, media, etc)

  • Food security

  • Ethical issues