Novel Coronavirus (covid-19) a Ubiquitous Hazard to Human Health: A Review


Affiliations

  • University of Kashmir, DST Sponsored Fish Nutrition Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, 190 006, India
  • Lovely Professional University, Department of Zoology, School of Bioengineering & Biosciences, Phagwara, Punjab, 144411, India

Abstract

Coronavirus (CoV) belongs to the genus beta coronavirus with its high mutation rate within the family Coronoviridae. The virus is extremely transmittable and its pathogenicity caused infection like SARS-CoV-2. An epidemic of this novel coronavirus was first documented in Wuhan, Hubei province of China in December 2019 and is thus called as COVID-19. A series of pneumonia reports were confirmed and now the cases are escalated throughout the world. Although transmission of this virus from animals to humans is rare, however this new strain most likely came from bats and pangolins. COVID-19 has infected more than 4.5 million people (4,543,060) as of May 15th 2020, 09:50 GMT worldwide and rises continuously, caused the death of 303,707 so far. Till date no vaccine is available to combat this dreadful virus. Though, certain antiviral drugs have being assisted against COVID-19, which results some success. With the fast spread all over the world, fear and panic is gripping people around the globe. It leads to social stigma towards affected people and physiologically hurts by creating more fear. Need of the time is the collective efforts of all developed countries along with WHO to fight against this dreadful virus. The frontline clinicians, public health authorities and epidemiologists must need to come together to stop this infection and save the precious lives. Since the present virus is new to science, therefore in this review, an attempt has been made to establish some facts related to this novel coronavirus from the existing literature.


Keywords

Coronaviruses, COVID-19, Outbreak, Pandemic, Vaccine

Subject Discipline

COVID-19

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