Authorities confirm first US case of Sars-like coronavirus

Virus lands in the Americas as Beijing warns efforts to stem outbreak at critical moment
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A new animated video shows how 40 days into the coronavirus outbreak it infected more people than on the 40th day of the respective Ebola, swine flu, SARS and MERS outbreaks.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
The reaction to the outbreak has revealed the unreconstructed despotism of the Chinese stateOver the past 70 years, the Chinese Communist party has subjected its country to a succession of manmade catastrophes, from theGreat Famine, theCultural Revolution and theTiananmen Square massacre, to the forceful suppression of rights inHong Kong and Tibet, and the mass internment ofUighurs in Xinjiang. Official coverups and corruption have multiplied the death toll of natural calamities, from the Sars virus to theSichuan earthquake.Xi Jinping ’s mishandling of the coronavirusepidemic must now be added to the party ’s s...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - Category: Science Authors: Tags: China Coronavirus outbreak Science Infectious diseases World news Asia Pacific Xi Jinping Communism Source Type: news
If our experience with coronaviruses in the past few decades has taught us anything, it’s that outbreaks are inevitable, no matter what we do. You don’t have to look further than the fact that COVID-19 is the third coronavirus epidemic to affect human populations in 20 years, after severe acute respiratory syndromes (SARS) in 2003 and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in 2012. Coronaviruses make their homes in a variety of animal hosts, from bats to cats, dogs to camels, and it’s just a matter of time before another one makes the jump into people. Another thing we know for sure is that we can’...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Infectious Disease Source Type: news
As reported in this Journal1 and elsewhere,2 an outbreak of atypical pneumonia caused by the zoonotic 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is on-going in China and has spread to the world. As of Feb 16, 2020 (24:00, GMT+8), there have been 70548 confirmed patients and more than 1700 deaths from SARS-CoV-2 infection in China, and 58182 confirmed patients and 1696 deaths in the most affected province, Hubei Province. Much research progress has been made in dissecting the evolution and origin of SARS-CoV-2 and characterizing its clinical features.
Source: Journal of Infection - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Letter to Editor Source Type: research
In this study, we sought to gain insights for vaccine design against SARS-CoV-2 by considering the high genetic similarity between SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV, which caused the outbreak in 2003, and leveraging existing immunological studies of SARS-CoV. By screening the experimentally-determined SARS-CoV-derived B cell and T cell epitopes in the immunogenic structural proteins of SARS-CoV, we identified a set of B cell and T cell epitopes derived from the spike (S) and nucleocapsid (N) proteins that map identically to SARS-CoV-2 proteins. As no mutation has been observed in these identified epitopes among the 120 available SAR...
Source: Viruses - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
Emerging data as well as knowledge from the SARS and MERS coronavirus outbreaks yield some clues as to why SARS-CoV-2 affects some people worse than others.
Source: The Scientist - Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news
An American woman feared to have potentially spread COVID-19 to other passengers aboard Holland America Line’s Westerdam cruise ship does not seem to have the novel coronavirus after all, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed. The false-positive is only the latest development in the Westerdam saga. After rumors spread that a passenger on board the Westerdam had coronavirus, the vessel was denied entry at ports in five different countries—even as the cruise line maintained that nobody on board was sick with COVID-19. Passengers celebrated when some were finally allowed to disembark ...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 onetime Source Type: news
This report suggests that viral load kinetics of SARS-CoV-2 may be different from that of previously reported other coronavirus infections such as SARS-CoV. PMID: 32080991 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of Korean Medical Science - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: J Korean Med Sci Source Type: research
Authors: Park WB, Kwon NJ, Choi SJ, Kang CK, Choe PG, Kim JY, Yun J, Lee GW, Seong MW, Kim NJ, Seo JS, Oh MD Abstract Novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is found to cause a large outbreak started from Wuhan since December 2019 in China and SARS-CoV-2 infections have been reported with epidemiological linkage to China in 25 countries until now. We isolated SARS-CoV-2 from the oropharyngeal sample obtained from the patient with the first laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in Korea. Cytopathic effects of SARS-CoV-2 in the Vero cell cultures were confluent 3 days after the first blind passage of the sample. Coronavi...
Source: Journal of Korean Medical Science - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: J Korean Med Sci Source Type: research
e Wang Guo After the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in the world in 2003, human coronaviruses (HCoVs) have been reported as pathogens that cause severe symptoms in respiratory tract infections. Recently, a new emerged HCoV isolated from the respiratory epithelium of unexplained pneumonia patients in the Wuhan seafood market caused a major disease outbreak and has been named the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This virus causes acute lung symptoms, leading to a condition that has been named as “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). The em...
Source: Viruses - Category: Virology Authors: Tags: Communication Source Type: research
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