Coronavirus Outbreak Realtime Updates
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to severe diseases, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The best-known human coronaviruses are Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and the newly classified Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-2 (SARS-CoV-2).
During December 2019, China's CDC reported a novel coronavirus as the causative agent of a new disease outbreak, in the SARS-CoV clade. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, both of which have their origins in bats. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is associated with the disease now referred to as COVID-19.
Currently, there are no FDA approved antiviral medications to treat COVID-19 cases or vaccines to prevent an infection from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, says the CDC.
As of February 23, 2020, China's National Statistics Reported COVID-19 cases:
- Existing confirmed diagnoses = 51,481
- Existing severe = 10,968
- Cumulative fatalities = 2,445
Real-time coronavirus outbreak news can now be found at Coronavirus Today.com.
Coronavirus vaccine development news can be found at Precision Vaccinations.com.
Outbreak Travel Alerts can be found at Vax-Before-Travel.com.
Coronavirus Vaccine Candidates
The US FDA has not approved therapeutic medications related to the COVID-19. Treatment news can be found at Coronavirus Today.
Federal isolation and quarantine programs are authorized by an Executive Order of the President. The authority for carrying out these functions has been delegated to the CDC.
Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests
- On February 5, 2020, JAMA published a new study from genetic sequencing data, it appears that there was a single introduction into humans followed by the human-to-human virus spread. This novel virus shares 79.5% of the genetic sequence with SARS-CoV and has 96.2% homology to a bat coronavirus. In addition, 2019-nCoV shares the same cell entry receptor, ACE2, with SARS-CoV. For SARS, it was civet cats, for MERS, it is camels.
- On February 4, 2020, the US FDA issued an emergency use authorization enabling the emergency use of the CDC 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel. This FDA authorization allows the use of the test at any CDC-qualified lab across the country.
Coronavirus Today.com publishes fact-checked news regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and related SARS-CoV-2 preventive vaccine developments. Content sources include the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, clinical research, and the Precision Vaccinations.com news network. Fact-Checked on February 15 by Dr. Robert Carlson, Kelley K Lu, Holly Hawbaker, Danielle Reiter RN, and other medical professionals.