Coronavirus (COVID-19) Collection
- Illness from coronavirus first appeared almost 20 years ago through severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). At the end of 2019, COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) took the world by storm, spreading even to the most remote places. Unfortunately, COVID-19 proved to be far more challenging than its predecessors. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that as of April 8, 2021, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 was 132,730,691, with staggering 2,880,726 deaths worldwide.
- Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is an enveloped RNA beta-coronavirus that was reported to have emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. This virus caused the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 exerted significant effect on the healthcare system and crippled the global economy. At present, around 93 million people have been infected and over 2 million people have died in more than 180 countries and territories (Dong et al., 2020).