March 16, 2020

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COVID-Net model for COVID-19 detection on COVIDx dataset

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COVID-Net and COVIDx Dataset

Linda Wang and Alexander Wong, “COVID-Net: A Tailored Deep Convolutional Neural Network Design for Detection of COVID-19 Cases from Chest Radiography Images”, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating effect on the health and well-being of global population. A critical step in the fight against COVID-19 is effective screening of infected patients, with one of the key screening approaches being radiological imaging using chest radiography. It was found in early studies that patients present abnormalities in chest radiography images that are characteristic of those infected with COVID-19. Motivated by this, a number of artificial intelligence (AI) systems based on deep learning have been proposed and results have been shown to be quite promising in terms of accuracy in detecting patients infected with COVID-19 using chest radiography images. However, to the best of the authors' knowledge, these developed AI systems have been closed source and unavailable to the research community for deeper understanding and extension, and unavailable for public access and use. Therefore, in this study we introduce COVID-Net, a deep convolutional neural network design tailored for the detection of COVID-19 cases from chest radiography images that is open source and available to the general public. We also describe the chest radiography dataset leveraged to train COVID-Net, which we will refer to as COVIDx and is comprised of 5941 posteroanterior chest radiography images across 2839 patient cases from two open access data repositories. Furthermore, we investigate how COVID-Net makes predictions using an explainability method in an attempt to gain deeper insights into critical factors associated with COVID cases, which can aid clinicians in improved screening. By no means a production-ready solution, the hope is that the open access COVID-Net, along with the description on constructing the open source COVIDx dataset, will be leveraged and build upon by both researchers and citizen data scientists alike to accelerate the development of highly accuracy yet practical deep learning solutions for detecting COVID-19 cases and accelerate treatment of those who need it the most.

If you would like to contribute COVID-19 x-ray images, please contact us at and or Lets all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19!

If you are a researcher or healthcare worker and you would like access to the GSInquire tool to use to interpret COVID-Net results on your data or existing data, please reach out to or

Our desire is to encourage broad adoption and contribution to this project. Accordingly this project has been licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License 3.0. Please see license file for terms. If you would like to discuss alternative licensing models, please reach out to us at: and or

If you find our work useful, can cite our paper using:

    title={COVID-Net: A Tailored Deep Convolutional Neural Network Design for Detection of COVID-19 Cases from Chest Radiography Images},
    author={Linda Wang and Alexander Wong},


  • Tested with Tensorflow 1.13 and 1.15
  • Keras 2.3.1
  • OpenCV 4.2.0
  • Python 3.6
  • OpenCV

COVIDx Dataset

Update: We are currently constructing an new COVIDx dataset in light of the Kaggle dataset being composed of pediatric patient cases. Please stay tuned for the new COVIDx dataset and accompanying COVID-Net model.

Currently, the COVIDx dataset is constructed by the following open source chest radiography datasets:

We provide jupyter notebooks for creating the COVIDx dataset and the preprocessing used for training. This project is still a work in progress and will continuously update these files.

The COVIDx dataset can be downloaded here. Preprocessed ready-for-training COVIDx dataset can be downloaded here. Note: for most up-to-date data for train/test, generate using the preprocessing script.

Chest radiography images distribution

Type Normal Bacterial Non-COVID19 Viral COVID-19 Viral Total
train 1349 2540 1355 66 5310
test 234 246 149 10 639

Patients distribution

Type Normal Bacterial Non-COVID19 Viral COVID-19 Viral Total
train 1001 853 534 47 2435
test 202 78 126 5 411

Training and Evaluation

Releasing soon but can download COVID-Net and start training/inferencing here.

Input tensor (N, 224, 224, 3): input_1:0

Output tensor (N, 4): dense_3/Softmax:0


The results do not reflect the new COVIDx dataset. The results are still from the previous COVIDx dataset with 8 COVID test samples. Will update when new results become available.

Pretrained Models

Can download COVID-Net tensorflow model from here

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