Rapidly evolving healthcare emergencies require the quick dissemination of scientific findings in its earliest stages, to help us understand, research and contain the disease. A preprint is a version of a scientific paper that is usually freely available prior to publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Preprints should be considered as works in progress. Benefits include a faster method of disseminating scientific findings, reduced publication time frame, and establishing an early provenance of the research. They should not be relied on to guide clinical practice.
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