Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses,
like the common cold, in people. However, three times in the last 3 decades coronavirus outbreaks have emerged from
animal reservoirs to cause severe disease and global transmission concerns.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): What we know so far?
Based on the rapidly developing situation, scientific information and medical publications related to Coronavirus,
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The pathogen that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified in January 2020, named SARS-CoV-2
(also known as 2019-nCoV). SARS-CoV-2 is a novel member of coronaviruses, which are a large group of highly diverse,
enveloped, positive-sense, single-stranded RNA viruses . Recent research reported that SARS-CoV-2 likely originated
in bats, based on the similarity of its genetic sequence to that of other coronaviruses. Read more in Journal of medical virology
As knowledge about the virus evolves, here is a link from UNICEF
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and even death (WHO)
Healthcare providers (HCP) are on the front lines of caring for patients with confirmed or possible
infection with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and therefore have an increased risk of exposure to this virus.
What HCPs should know - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
provide extended information for health providers
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is reassuring members of the steps they can take now and offering continued
support as the outbreak evolves. Since the outbreak began, the AAP has been working to stay abreast of all confirmed
developments related to the global spread of COVID-19, and has been reporting them in AAP News online.
Why Are Coronaviruses a Priority for National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)?
When SARS emerged from China in 2002 it swept across the globe—largely through air travel—causing deadly
illness. More than 8,000 people fell ill and 774 died, numbers COVID-19 surpassed within two months. SARS drew the
collective focus of researchers throughout the world. The disease disappeared in 2004, likely due to isolation and
quarantine containment measures, and no cases of SARS have been reported since. In 2012, a new coronavirus emerged
in the Middle East causing an illness similar to SARS. Again, researchers at NIAID and across the globe initiated
studies to understand MERS-CoV and how to stop it.
Thanks to research investments into the SARS and MERS outbreaks, NIAID scientists are better prepared to develop
diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines against COVID-19. Included in those projects are basic research to understand
how the virus infects cells and causes disease; adapting platforms used to develop diagnostic tests and vaccines;
and evaluating treatments such as broad-spectrum antivirals and potentially monoclonal antibodies.
In fact, within two weeks of the discovery of COVID-19, NIAID researchers had determined how the virus enters cells.
NIH clinical trial of investigational vaccine for COVID-19 begins
1 clinical trial evaluating an investigational vaccine designed to protect against coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19) has begun at Kaiser Permanent Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) in Seattle. The National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is funding the
trial. KPWHRI is part of NIAID’s Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium. The open-label trial will
enroll 45 healthy adult volunteers ages 18 to 55 years over approximately 6 weeks. The first participant received
the investigational vaccine today.
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