Science Compilation on Covid-19

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Background on Covid-19: Coronavirus is the name for a family of viruses, including the 2003 SARS, the 2012 MERS. Covid-19 has a lot of protein structural and genomic similarities to SARS: in fact, the scientific name for Covid-19 is SARS-CoV2 (the 2003 SARS is called SARS-CoV). Contrary to popular comments, Covid-19 is NOT “just a flu.” Viral causes of the common cold and flu comprise of 10–40% rhinovirus, ~20% coronavirus, ~20% respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and parainfluenza virus (PIV). There are over 30 types of coronaviruses that we know of. Although Covid-19 has much lower mortality rate than SARS, its long incubation (and asymptomatic transmission) period is causing it to have a much higher R0. Even if the mortality rate is lower, if the R0 is much higher, the absolute number of deaths could be bigger. Mortality rate in the US is skewed to the high side due to lack of testing, but South Korea offers drive-up testing and its 0.6% case mortality rate (dated March 6) could be much more accurate. This compares to the 0.1% mortality rate of the seasonal flu in the U.S.

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