Pandemic (COVID-19) Killing Thousands by the Hour-What the Community Need to Know

Naaz Ikram, Hamayun Shahbaz


Since the first reports of novel Pneumonia (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei province, China , there has been considerable discussion on the origin of the causative virus, SARS-CoV-23 (also referred to as HCoV-19) (Wu, F. et al.2020). Infections with SARS-CoV-2 are now widespread, and as of 11 March 2020, 121,564 incidents have been verified in more than 110 nations, with 4,373 deaths. SARS-CoV-2 is the seventh coronavirus known to affect human being; SARS-CoV, MERS CoV and SARS-CoV-2 can cause severe disease, whereas HKU1, NL63, OC43 and 229E are linked with mild symptoms Purpose: The aim of this study is to gather current literature whilst bringing together the relevant information in a sequential order to identify the routes the virus takes to spread amongst the communities, along with the preventive measure that can be taken to break the chain of spread. Implications: This paper intends to provide a bird eye view on the review of the literature on perspective on the notable features of the SARS-CoV-2 genome and discuss scenarios by which they could have arisen.

Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic

DOI: 10.7176/JHMN/73-12

Publication date: April 30th 2020

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