SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 and its transmission, prevention, treatment and control - An update

Pooja Sharma, Sonam Tripathi, Shailesh Kumar Patel, Kuldeep Dhama, Ram Chandra

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Abstract

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Virus-2 (SARSCoV-2), pandemic has caused huge panic, havoc and global threats worldwide. The origin of this virus has been linked to animals, intermediate host is still to be identified, and studies are being carried out that how it got transmitted to humans and acquired rapid human-to-human transmission. Within a short time period of only 05 months, SARS-CoV-2 has spread to 213 countries, and till 28th May, 2020, nearly 5.8 million confirmed cases have been reported while taking lives of 0.36 million persons. Seeing the current situation of rapid increase in COVID-19 cases daily in many countries, this seems to be the deadliest pandemic after the 1918 Spanish Flu. There is currently no specific effective treatment for COVID-19 and also in absence of vaccine the radical cure of the disease is far away. Researchers are pacing high to design and develop effective vaccines, drugs and therapeutics to counter COVID-19, however such efforts, clinical trials, necessary approvals and then to reach the level of bulk production of many millions of doses may still take much time. Prevention and control of COVID-19 outbreaks requires an evidence-based, multi-factorial and effective mitigation strategy to be adopted. The current review discusses on the research advancements, challenges and opportunities in COVID 19 management with a focus on its transmission, prevention, treatment and control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-956
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Pure and Applied Microbiology
Volume14
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 May 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Control
  • Prevention
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Transmission
  • Treatment

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