Translation and Expansion: Enabling Laypeople Access to the COVID-19 Academic Collection

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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which started at the end of 2019, has been causing great suffering in human society.

According to the World Health Organization, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally on April 17, 2020, was 2,078,605, including 139,515 deaths1, so many peoples’ lives have been significantly affected by the pandemic (World Health Organization, 2020). Along with the rapid spread of the virus among different human societies, a huge amount of information has been generated, among which many are misinformation (such as claims on various effective drugs and remedies) or disinformation (such as conspiracy theories on the origin of the virus as biological weapons) that causes more harm and panic (Brennen, Simon, Howard, & Nielsen, 2020). Therefore, the global health crisis also turned itself into a global information crisis (Xie et al., 2020).

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