Several studies have been carried out in recent months by the World
Scientific Community on the novel coronavirus, responsible for the
current COVID-19 pandemic. The most relevant works on the main trends
were related to the disease, treatment/prevention, and management of
COVID-19. Most of the articles focused on understanding the disease,
addressing aspects related to its transmission, viral activity period,
symptoms and health complications, risk factors, and estimative of new
cases and deaths. The papers also focused on the treatment/prevention
and management of COVID-19. Several drugs and alternative treatments
have been investigated such as the convalescent plasma transfusion and
stem cell transplantation, while an efficient vaccine is developed.
Prevention and control measures such as social isolation and immediate
case identification were also investigated. Thus, this work contributed
to the determination of the development level and the research evolution
on COVID-19, summarizing the main trends observed by experts on the
subject in the first half of 2020.