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Trauma and the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

Patricia K. Kerig, Editor in Chief, Journal of Traumatic Stress

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With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to surge or rebound in many countries in the world as I write this in August of 2020, I start each day by logging into my online subscription to the New York Times in order to be apprised of the latest news. I found myself doing so more and more often on my tiny smart phone screen for a feature that I realized had become important and meaningful for me, and that is the rotating array of photographs from all around the globe showing how people are coping, defying, battling, fatiguing, and bolstering one another in the face of the pandemic all around the globe.  Every day that I view those photos, most from places I have never been to and may never see, I am reminded that we truly are all in this together.

In that spirit, this Virtual Special Issue (VSI) of the Journal of Traumatic Stress is designed not only to focus on the groundbreaking international research emerging on trauma during this global pandemic, but to be a living work in progress as that work proliferates and matures. This VSI will be continually updated as new manuscripts related to COVID-19 are published by the journal. As always, our publisher Wiley will set all such articles free for all to access in order to facilitate getting this crucial information into the hands of our readers and our community.