Busting Myths about Sars-Cov-2 Viral Pandemic to Non-Medical Personnel

January 9th, 2020, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) formally confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that a novel coronavirus (CoVs) previously unknown to science has been reported to be responsible for an outbreak of respiratory illnesses. This emerging public health concern at the time will later be responsible for the first coronavirus pandemic. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is responsible for the current pandemic which is affecting lives in various different ways. The virus was first isolated in patients seen in Hubei province, Wuhan, China who was found to have pneumonia. The cluster of pneumonia cases were seen in patients who were suspected to have links to a seafood market leading to its closure and decontamination by the Chinese officials. The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the COVID-19 epidemic as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) on January 30th and passengers with travel links to Wuhan started being subjected to screening. A group of Chinese scientists on the 7th of January 2020 rapidly isolated the SARS-CoV-2 a β-coronavirus from a patient within a short time frame and subsequently genome sequencing was done for the global scientific community to join in understanding the science behind the new enema of the world.


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By Dr. Mariam Jaw MBowe

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