AutorIn 1:
Peeri, Noah
AutorIn 2:
Shrestha, Nistha
AutorIn 3:
Bibi, Saana u.a.
The SARS, MERS and novel coronavirus(COVID-19) epidemics, the newest and biggest global health threats: what lessons have we learned?
International Journal of Epidemiology February 2020
"(...) The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 among a cluster of patients that presented with an unidentified form of viral pneumonia with shared history of visiting the Huanan seafood market. Patients were assessed for viral pneumonia through the ascertainment and testing of bronchoalveolarlavage fluid utilizing whole genome sequencing, cell cultures and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The virus was isolated from biologic samples and identified as genus betacoronavirus, placing it alongside other Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). At the time of writing, the number of persons infected by the virus has now surpassed 67 091 and Chinese authorities have reported 1527 deaths from the virus, most in Hubei, the provincial epicenter of the outbreak.2 Over 25 countries have confirmed cases to date, including countries from Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East (see Figure 1). The virus spread internationally within 1 month of the first identification, and can be transmitted via close human-tohuman contact.3 The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern as of 1 February 2020. (...)"
[Coronavirus, epidemiology, epidemic, outbreak, MERS, SARS, nCoV, COVID-19]
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