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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Coronavirus (but didn’t know who to ask)

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The Coronavirus Outbreak

As of March 24th, there were 427,663 people infected with Covid-19 worldwide, and 18,605 have died from the disease. Although the epidemic started in China, the total number of cases is higher outside of China. More countries (Italy, Spain, Germany, and others) are taking extreme measures by closing borders to prevent the spread of the infection. The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a pandemic. On March 13, the President of the United States declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. Today, there are 44,183 confirmed cases and 544 people have died from the disease (March 24h, 2020).

At present, there is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19, and no vaccine is currently available. The treatment is only symptomatic, oxygen therapy represents the primary intervention for patients with pneumonia due to severe infection. Mechanical ventilation may be necessary in cases of respiratory failure refractory to oxygen therapy, whereas hemodynamic support is essential for managing septic shock. 

Exhibit 1: Fact sheet for SARS-CoV-2

Source: CDC, WHO, and WSJ

Exhibit 2: Epidemiological Comparison of Respiratory Infections