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WikiProject COVID-19 is a WikiProject dedicated to Wikipedia's coverage of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, COVID-19, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us!

The project is an offshoot of WikiProject Disaster management, WikiProject Medicine (including the Pulmonology and Society and medicine task forces), and WikiProject Viruses. Sibling projects include WikiProject AIDS.


As of 15 July 2024, there are 2,461 articles within the scope of WikiProject COVID-19. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, project pages, etcetera, there are 9,252 pages in the project.

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{{COVID-19 pandemic}} contains English Wikipedia's main portfolio of articles related to COVID-19 as seen below. For the sidebar used on many articles see {{COVID-19 pandemic sidebar}}


Content assessments are used within the project itself as a quality and importance scale that aid in identifying vital content, while recognizing excellent contributions and pages in need of further work and cleanup.

Recognized content[edit]

An automated listing of the project's recognized content. This includes FA and GA content and nominations alongside articles, images, "In the news", and "Did you know .." content featured on our main page.

As of 15 July 2024, there are 7 featured and 16 good content items within WikiProject COVID-19 scope. This makes up 0.06% of all featured content and 0.04% of all good articles.

Automated reports[edit]

  1. COVID-19 article report : Updates daily at 14:00 UTC. This report contains the previous-days pageview totals for all articles with the COVID-19 topic template. It also provides predicted quality scores for each article (at its latest revision when the report was run). Total count of articles that transclude the template, and the cumulative daily pageviews for those articles are also listed.
  2. Top 1000 report: (updates daily at 15:00 UTC) It provides running traffic counts for the most popular Wikipedia articles within the past 7 days. Many of these articles may be related to COVID-19.
  3. Social media traffic report: (updates daily, at around 15-17:00 UTC) Like the Top 1000 report, many of these articles are related to COVID-19. Given the rise troubling rise in COVID-related conspiracy theories propagated through social media, this report may be especially helpful for monitoring attempts to disrupt Wikipedia or undermine it by inserting disinformation. Feedback welcome on Meta.



Standard practices[edit]

Generally accepted standards that editors should attempt to follow.

Food for thought[edit]


  • WP:UPSD – a user script to identify a variety of unreliable sources

Current events[edit]

Current events contains a listing on an automated basis of importance news reports and related articles.


New articles[edit]

Help with assessment process and identify new articles which do not meet the criteria for inclusion and/or to "tag" them for any glaring issues that need attention. Most critical are copyright violations and defamatory material about living persons, followed closely by pages that are deliberately misleading; while identifying editors who seek to exploit our readers for financial gain.

Recent changes[edit]

Article alerts[edit]

Article Alerts is an automated listing of Deletion talks, Requests for Comments, Featured article candidates, Did you know nominations, etc...related to COVID-19 content that requires your input! See also; Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/COVID-19.

Cleanup listing[edit]

clean-up listing for COVID-19the tool's wiki page

The clean-up listing contains articles needing attention - including problems with page layout, spelling, grammar, technical errors, POV, neutrality and sourcing concerns (assuming the cleanup templates were placed correctly).

Most edited articles[edit]

37 edits Endemic COVID-19
11 edits Transmission of COVID-19
10 edits Lumpinee Boxing Stadium
6 edits Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on American sports broadcasting
5 edits Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
4 edits COVID-19 pandemic in Europe
4 edits Generation Alpha
4 edits COVID-19
4 edits 2020 Summer Olympics
3 edits CARES Act

These are the articles that have been edited the most within the last three days. Last updated 15 July 2024 by HotArticlesBot.

Task forces[edit]

Task forces allow for the organization and devoted talk pages for various specialized areas of interest.

Team name Mission statement Discussion
Case Count We help maintain COVID-19 stats related to confirmed cases, deaths and recovery counts. See also COVID-19 deaths. talk
Equipment We gather reliable information and inventory or shortages of COVID-19 medical equipment, per countries or territories. See also Raise the line. talk
Translations We bring reliable information related to COVID-19 to as many languages as possible talk
Women in Red We turn red links into blue ones in regards to women's biographies, women's works, and other women's issues related to COVID-19. talk
Joint Support
Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia Medicine joint initiative to help tackle the issues around information reliability on articles. talk
Wikidata We help on the wikidata side. See also wikidata India talk

Project pages[edit]

Select [►] to view all WikiProject COVID-19 project pages

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Project templates
Wikicode Results Used in
Portal (displays on mobile versions)
{{Portal-inline|Coronavirus disease 2019}} virus icon Coronavirus disease 2019 portal linked pages
{{Portal|Coronavirus disease 2019}} linked pages
Talk page assessment template. See Wikipedia:WikiProject COVID-19/Assessment for more information on parameters.
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WikiProject iconCOVID-19 B‑class Mid‑importance
WikiProject iconThis article is within the scope of WikiProject COVID-19, a project to coordinate efforts to improve all COVID-19-related articles. If you would like to help, you are invited to join and to participate in project discussions.
BThis article has been rated as B-class on Wikipedia's content assessment scale.
MidThis article has been rated as Mid-importance on the project's importance scale.
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{{User WikiProject COVID-19}} linked pages
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This user is suffering from
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{{User COVID-19}}
This user survived an infection of
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{{User COVID-19 more}}
This user survived a
COVID-19 infection but continues to suffer health problems from it.
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{{User COVID-19 vaccine}}
This user has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
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{{User COVID-19 vaccine|first-dose=yes}}
This user has received the first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.
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Barnstars to thank and recognize anyone who has made significant contributions to Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to the Coronavirus disease 2019.
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Project navigation
{{WikiProject COVID-19 footer|state=collapsed}} linked pages
Talk Page Member Bar
{{COVID-19WikiProject-Member}} linked pages

Sanctions and consensus notices[edit]


Pages relating to the coronavirus are currently subject to active discretionary sanctions. In general, editors who repeatedly or seriously fail to edit in accordance with the purpose of Wikipedia, the expected standards of behaviour, or any normal editorial process may be sanctioned by any uninvolved administrator.

Alerting editors
To alert editors of this community sanction in effect please use:
Talk page notice
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Edit notice
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These templates can be used on talk pages to alert editors that consensus has been formed on certain points of interest related to all (or a subset of) COVID-19 articles. The major benefit of such templates is the avoidance of repeated discussions on contentious topics, especially from new or infrequent editors.

{{Current COVID-19 Project Consensus}} (expanded by default, but collapsible with the parameter: |collapsed=yes)

{{Origins of COVID-19 (current consensus)}}

Origins of COVID-19: Current consensus

  1. There is no consensus on whether the lab leak theory is a "conspiracy theory" or a "minority scientific viewpoint". (RfC, February 2021)
  2. There is consensus against defining "disease and pandemic origins" (broadly speaking) as a form of biomedical information for the purpose of WP:MEDRS. However, information that already fits into biomedical information remains classified as such, even if it relates to disease and pandemic origins (e.g. genome sequences, symptom descriptions, phylogenetic trees). (RfC, May 2021)
  3. In multiple prior non-RFC discussions about manuscripts authored by Rossana Segreto and/or Yuri Deigin, editors have found the sources to be unreliable. Specifically, editors were not convinced by the credentials of the authors, and concerns were raised with the editorial oversight of the BioEssays "Problems & Paradigms" series. (Jan 2021, Jan 2021, Jan 2021, Feb 2021, June 2021, ...)
  4. The consensus of scientists is that SARS-CoV-2 is likely of zoonotic origin. (January 2021, May 2021, May 2021, May 2021, June 2021, June 2021, WP:NOLABLEAK (frequently cited in discussions))
  5. The March 2021 WHO report on the origins of SARS-CoV-2 should be referred to as the "WHO-convened report" or "WHO-convened study" on first usage in article prose, and may be abbreviated as "WHO report" or "WHO study" thereafter. (RfC, June 2021)
  6. The "manufactured bioweapon" idea should be described as a "conspiracy theory" in wiki-voice. (January 2021, February 2021, May 2021, May 2021, June 2021, June 2021, June 2021, June 2021, July 2021, July 2021, July 2021, August 2021)
  7. The scientific consensus (and the Frutos et al. sources ([1][2]) which support it), which dismisses the lab leak, should not be described as "based in part on Shi [Zhengli]'s emailed answers." (RfC, December 2021)
  8. The American FBI and Department of Energy finding that a lab leak was likely should not be mentioned in the lead of COVID-19 lab leak theory, because it is WP:UNDUE. (RFC, October 2023)
  9. The article COVID-19 lab leak theory may not go through the requested moves process between 4 March 2024 and 3 March 2025. (RM, March 2024)

Last updated (diff) on 15 March 2024 by Novem Linguae (t · c)

{{COVID-19 treatments (current consensus)}}

Treatments for COVID-19: Current consensus

A note on WP:MEDRS: Per this Wikipedia policy, we must rely on the highest quality secondary sources and the recommendations of professional organizations and government bodies when determining the scientific consensus about medical treatments.

  1. Ivermectin: The highest quality sources (1 2 3 4) suggest Ivermectin is not an effective treatment for COVID-19. In all likelihood, ivermectin does not reduce all-cause mortality (moderate certainty) or improve quality of life (high certainty) when used to treat COVID-19 in the outpatient setting (4). Recommendations from relevant organizations can be summarized as: Evidence of efficacy for ivermectin is inconclusive. It should not be used outside of clinical trials. (May 2021, June 2021, June 2021, July 2021, July 2021) (WHO, FDA, IDSA, ASHP, CDC, NIH)
  2. Chloroquine & hydroxychloroquine: The highest quality sources (1 2 3 4) demonstrate that neither is effective for treating COVID-19. These analyses accounted for use both alone and in combination with azithromycin. Some data suggest their usage may worsen outcomes. Recommendations from relevant organizations can be summarized: Neither hydroxychloroquine nor chloroquine should be used, either alone or in combination with azithromycin, in inpatient or outpatient settings. (July 2020, Aug 2020, Sep 2020, May 2021) (WHO, FDA, IDSA, ASHP, NIH)
  3. Ivmmeta.com, c19ivermectin.com, c19hcq.com, hcqmeta.com, trialsitenews.com, etc: These sites are not reliable. The authors are pseudonymous. The findings have not been subject to peer review. We must rely on expert opinion, which describes these sites as unreliable. From published criticisms (1 2 3 4 5), it is clear that these analyses violate basic methodological norms which are known to cause spurious or false conclusions. These analyses include studies which have very small sample sizes, widely different dosages of treatment, open-label designs, different incompatible outcome measures, poor-quality control groups, and ad-hoc un-published trials which themselves did not undergo peer-review. (Dec 2020, Jan 2021, Feb 2021)

Last updated (diff) on 27 February 2023 by Sumanuil (t · c)


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Internal coverage of Wikipedia's efforts[edit]

Message to users about COVID-19 from Katherine Maher, Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation


The Signpost[edit]

Wikimedia New York City symposium[edit]

Symposium on Wikipedia and COVID-19

The symposium on Wikipedia and COVID-19 hosted by Wikimedia New York City on May 9 answered questions the public and press may have about Wikipedia's coverage of the pandemic. Featured speakers included User:Netha Hussain, User:Another Believer, User:TMorata, and User:Bluerasberry.

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Academic research[edit]

Media coverage of Wikipedia's efforts[edit]

Wikimedia sister projects[edit]

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