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The Importance of Research on the Origin of SARS-CoV-2

COVID-19: Look to the Future, Learn from the Past

by 1,2,*,†, 2,†, 2, 2 and 2,3,4,5,*
Institute of Medical Physics, School of Physics, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Center for Applied Genomics, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Department of Pediatrics, The Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Division of Human Genetics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Received: 31 August 2020 / Revised: 28 October 2020 / Accepted: 28 October 2020 / Published: 29 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Coronaviruses)
There is a current pandemic of a new type of coronavirus, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The number of confirmed infected cases has been rapidly increasing. This paper analyzes the characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 in comparison with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and influenza. COVID-19 is similar to the diseases caused by SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV virologically and etiologically, but closer to influenza in epidemiology and virulence. The comparison provides a new perspective for the future of the disease control, and offers some ideas in the prevention and control management strategy. The large number of infectious people from the origin, and the highly infectious and occult nature have been two major problems, making the virus difficult to eradicate. We thus need to contemplate the possibility of long-term co-existence with COVID-19. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; coronavirus; epidemiology; SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19; coronavirus; epidemiology; SARS-CoV-2
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Cheng, Z.J.; Qu, H.-Q.; Tian, L.; Duan, Z.; Hakonarson, H. COVID-19: Look to the Future, Learn from the Past. Viruses 2020, 12, 1226.

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Cheng ZJ, Qu H-Q, Tian L, Duan Z, Hakonarson H. COVID-19: Look to the Future, Learn from the Past. Viruses. 2020; 12(11):1226.

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Cheng, Zhangkai J.; Qu, Hui-Qi; Tian, Lifeng; Duan, Zhifeng; Hakonarson, Hakon. 2020. "COVID-19: Look to the Future, Learn from the Past" Viruses 12, no. 11: 1226.

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