COVID-19 PubMed Search Alert

What is a search alert?

Want to be notified when a new article is published that matches your search? Set up a search alert! Search alerts will automatically rerun your search and email you new results on a schedule that you set. Set up search alerts for your area of research, journals, tables of contents, authors, and more.

Search alerts help you stay on top of the latest literature and save time!

Suggested search alert for COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus).

The following search is a basic search to use to create a search alert.  For a more detailed or customized search contact your librarian.

(coronavirus OR “corona virus” OR coronavirinae OR coronaviridae OR betacoronavirus OR covid19 OR “covid 19” OR nCoV OR “CoV 2” OR CoV2 OR sarscov2 OR 2019nCoV OR  “novel CoV” OR “wuhan virus”) OR ((wuhan OR hubei OR huanan) AND (“severe acute respiratory” OR pneumonia) AND (outbreak))  OR “Coronavirus”[Mesh] OR “Coronavirus Infections”[Mesh] OR “COVID-19” [Supplementary Concept] OR “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2” [Supplementary Concept] OR “Betacoronavirus”[Mesh]


Create a PubMed Search Alert

1. Login to your MyNCBI account. Don't have a MyNCBI account? Learn how to create one hereexternal icon.

2. After performing your search in PubMed, click on Create alert.


3. Name your saved search and set your preferences for how often you would like to be updated and in what format. You can choose to be updated monthly, weekly, or daily.


Want to watch this process? Check out the video below:

Edit or Delete a Search Alert

1. Go to your MyNCBI account page.


2. In the Saved Searches box, click on Manage Saved Searches.


3. Select the saved search you would like to edit or delete and click on the gear. You can now change your settings for this search alert.

Create a RSS Feed

1. Login to your MyNCBI account.  Don't have a MyNCBI account?  Learn how to create one hereexternal icon.

2. After performing your search in PubMed, click on Create RSS.


3. Name your RSS Feed and select the number of items to be displayed.  Click on the XML button to subscribe to the feed.



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Page last reviewed: March 23, 2020