Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus particle

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

Coronavirus around the world, also known as:

  • 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease;
  • Novel coronavirus pneumonia;
  • Wuhan pneumonia;
  • Wuhan coronavirus;
  • Misspelled like corona virus, corona-virus, corono virus, coronovirus or coronavairus.

COVID-19 Expert Reality Check

SARS-CoV-2 - electron microscope

As the media swarms the coronavirus story, most news articles focus on numbers of cases and deaths, new locations of cases, etc.

Lost in the shuffle are the important public health insights about how viruses work and humans respond. To help improve understanding of an emerging outbreak’s complex dynamics, GHN has reached out to some of the world’s most respected global health experts for their quick "reality checks" on key issues related to the outbreak.


How Can Hospitals Handle the Surge in COVID-19 Cases?

Doctors test hospital staff in a tent

Hospitals facing a possible need for 5X to 10X the number of beds they have. Doctors and nurses resorting to bandanas because they lack masks. Refrigerated trucks outside hospitals holding the dead.

It’s been more than a century since the US health care system has faced anything like the COVID-19 pandemic.

The challenges confronting hospitals, doctors, and nurses will likely mount in the coming weeks, says Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General and current Distinguished Policy Scholar in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Even so, Murthy finds encouraging signs of resilience.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019): WHO situation reports

Coronavirus outbreak

Situation reports provide the latest updates on the novel coronavirus outbreak. These include updated information on:

  • numbers of infected people;
  • location;
  • actions that WHO and countries are taking to respond to the outbreak.
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