The Disease Maps Project is designed as a large-scale community effort. It is a network of groups that work together in order to better understand disease mechanisms. The project exchanges best practices, share information, develop tools to make it easier for all the involved groups to achieve their goals.
Here we share resources and best practices to develop a disease map for COVID-19. The project is progressing as a broad community-driven effort. We aim to establish a knowledge repository on virus-host interaction mechanisms specific to the SARS-CoV-2. The COVID-19 Disease Map is an assembly of molecular interaction diagrams established based on literature evidence.
Scope: The COVID-19 disease can have gastrointestinal manifestation. The virus replicates in the gut and has potential faecal-oral transmission besides airborne transmission (Lamers et al., 2020). Intestinal organoids are a proven experimental model of the human gut and can help understand the viral infection of the gut without animal models and additional biopsies. Single-cell RNA-seq techniques can distinguish the SARS-CoV-2 replicating cells and thus help to understand how cells respond to the