New peer reviews of COVID-19 preprints from the MIT Press journal Rapid Reviews: COVID-19

September 29, 2020

CAMBRIDGE, MA - September 29, 2020--RR:C19), is an open-access overlay journal published by the MIT Press that accelerates peer review of COVID-19-related research preprints to advance new and important findings and prevent the dissemination of false or misleading scientific news.

For the month of September, the preprints selected for review covered a wide range of subjects with peer reviewers finding an argument for re-envisioning US public health, employment, and anti-discrimination law around social solidarity particularly noteworthy. Also of immediate interest will be papers on whether rescue inhalers protect against COVID-19 related deaths and whether a new diagnostic tool that detects loss of smell can help identify asymptomatic patients.

Peer reviewers also flag as potentially informative but do not fully support the claims that high viral load indicates higher mortality or that Sofosbuvir protects human brain organoids against SARS-CoV-2. They voice caution for these results.

New peer reviews from RR:C19, in order of the evidence scale rating (strong, reliable, potentially informative, not informative, or misleading) as provided by each of the reviewers:
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