A comparative overview of COVID-19, MERS and SARS: Review article

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Int J Surg. 2020 Jul 26;81:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2020.07.032. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

Following the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a third, highly pathogenic coronavirus, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) appearing at end of 2019 led to a pandemic, increased panic and attracted global attention. This review analyzes the epidemiology, etiology, clinical characteristics, treatment and sequelae of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to help provide direction for further studies that can help understand COVID-19.

PMID:32730205 | DOI:10.1016/j.ijsu.2020.07.032

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