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2019 Novel Coronavirus: Where We are and What We Know

Version 1 : Received: 31 January 2020 / Approved: 31 January 2020 / Online: 31 January 2020 (05:36:32 CET)

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Cheng, Z.J., Shan, J. 2019 Novel coronavirus: where we are and what we know. Infection (2020). Cheng, Z.J., Shan, J. 2019 Novel coronavirus: where we are and what we know. Infection (2020).


There is a current worldwide outbreak of a new type of coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which originated from China and has now spread to 17 other countries. Governments are under increase pressure to stop the outbreak spiraling into a global health emergency. At this stage, preparedness, transparency and sharing of information are crucial to risk assessments and beginning outbreak control activities. This information should include reports from outbreak sites, and from laboratories supporting the investigation. This paper aggregates and consolidates the virology, epidemiology, clinical management strategies from both English and Chinese literature, official news channels and other official government documents. In addition, by fitting the number of infections with a single-term exponential model, we report that the infection is spreading at an exponential rate, with a doubling period of 1.8 days.


2019-nCoV; nCoV; China; Wuhan; coronavirus; virology; epidemiology; clinical guidance; literature survey; review


Medicine and Pharmacology, Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases

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