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Coronavirus Disease 2019, now officially named COVID-19, is anticipated to be a large global health threat. The outbreak continues to evolve, and poses significant challenges for the public health, research, and medical communities. This editorial reflects on the outbreak and highlights important information to consider while interpreting available data recently published about the outbreak.
COVID-19 provides a reminder of the need for constant surveillance, prompt diagnosis, and robust research to understand the basic biology of new organisms and our susceptibilities to them, as well the need for continued development of effective global countermeasures.
– Kolene E. Bailey, MD
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
The latest threat to global health is the ongoing outbreak of the respiratory disease that was recently given the name Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19). Covid-19 was recognized in December 2019. It was rapidly shown to be caused by a novel coronavirus that is structurally related to the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). As in two preceding instances of emergence of coronavirus disease in the past 18 years — SARS (2002 and 2003) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) (2012 to the present) — the Covid-19 outbreak has posed critical challenges for the public health, research, and medical communities.