Characteristics, quality and volume of the first 5 months of the COVID-19 evidence synthesis infodemic: a meta-research study
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  • Alan Hsi-Wen Liao
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    • Alan Hsi-Wen Liao, Anaesthesiologist Taipei Medical University Hospital, Center for Evidence Based Medicine

    I would like to congratulate Dr. Abbott and her team in generating this piece of important and interesting article, which applied the methods of meta-science to the early systematic review articles and the infodemics related to COVID-19.

    Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic came quick and ferocious, starting early 2020 and lasted till recently and with new possible variants emerging, it still presents the medical community and indeed the scientific circles with challenging question. Thankfully to the selfless work of researchers, patients and frontline medical staffs, we now have some valuable means to deal with this Pandemic.

    The research community was presented with a rather challenging task of designing and conducting researches to answer important questions relating to the new infectious diseases at the time of early 2020. The “new” corona virus was ravaging parts of our world without checks. So studies were conducted at pace, which unfortunately resulted in much duplicated and poor methodological studies conducted. But on the other hand, the sheer volume of studies itself may be useful as it generated evidence to inform us of what does and what does not work in terms combating the COVID-19. For example, dexamethasone (RECOVERY trial) was found to be essential for severe COVID-19 patients and the use of Hydroxychloroquine is ineffective for COVID-19.
    Having said this, I must state that I am not in support of the generation of poor quality clinical studi...

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