(If there is something that you’ve found that you think should be here, please let me know! I will keep this as current as possible, but things are still under construction so it may be outdated!
To whoever may be reading this, may I first offer these two points
– No freaking out. Take a deep breath. Did you do that? Ok, good, now you can keep reading.
….you didn’t take a deep breath. Do that, then continue reading. NOW you did it? Ok, continue!
– The virus is named SARS-CoV-2, the diseases it causes COVID-19 https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/11/802352351/new-coronavirus-gets-an-official-name-from-the-world-health-organization
– “It takes five days on average for people to start showing the symptoms of coronavirus, scientists have confirmed. Most people who develop symptoms do so on or around day five. Anyone who is symptom-free by day 12 is unlikely to get symptoms, but they may still be infectious carriers.” -BBC” https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2762808/incubation-period-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-from-publicly-reported
– “…the median duration of viral shedding (being contagious) was 20·0 days (IQR 17·0–24·0) from illness onset, but the virus was continuously detectable until death in non-survivors (table 2; figure 1). The shortest observed duration of viral shedding among survivors was 8 days, whereas the longest was 37 days.” – Thelancet https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30566-3/fulltext
– The virus has a mean survival time of 5 days on various surfaces. https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(20)30046-3/pdf
– CDC Telebriefing held on 3/10/2020 https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/t0309-covid-19-update.html
– Symptoms are similar to that of the common cold, but can lead to more serious developments such as pneumonia and organ failure.
– The greatest at-risk population is the elderly and those with existing, underlying illnesses. ““We do not understand the disease pyramid properly”, adds Whitworth. “There are people who are asymptomatic, people who are infected with mild disease, people infected with severe disease, and then the people who die. It looks like 15–20% of confirmed cases are severely ill, and something like 3% have died. But we have no idea how this fits in with the total number of cases”. “- The Lancet
– Like other respiratory infections, the coronavirus spreads between people in droplets from coughs and sneezes….it is still too early to know what its death rate will be. ” – Reuters
– “…experts say much is still unknown, including its mortality rate and transmission routes.” -Reuters
– Due to the nature of the virus, it is present in both the respiratory tract and the intestinal tract (and therefore is present in feces of the infected.)
– The Virus appears to be able to infect individuals before symptoms show in some cases. This is a important development. This means the incubation period (average of 10 days, 1-14) is ALSO the time you can be infecting others, vs other pathogens where you have to be showing symptoms to be infectious, such as SARS, to which the virus is 70% similar to, genetically. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/t0214-covid-19-update.html.html – The Virus has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization
– “”We found R0 is likely to be 5.7 given our current state of knowledge, with a broad 95% CI (3.8–8.9)…But at R0 = 5.7, this threshold rises to 82% (i.e., >82% of the population has to be immune, through either vaccination or prior infection, to achieve herd immunity to stop transmission).”” -CDC https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/26/7/20-0282_article?deliveryName=USCDC_333-DM25287
– There are confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission outside China. – Real-world application suggests the virus can live hours to a day, on surfaces. More tests are ongoing. https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(20)30046-3/fulltext https://www.businessinsider.com/how-long-can-coronavirus-live-on-surfaces-how-to-disinfect-2020-3
– The Virus has been successfully grown in a lab outside China, aiding research efforts.
– A large study has been released evaluating who is at the most risk. Thus far, it appears to be elderly/hospital workers.http://weekly.chinacdc.cn/en/article/id/e53946e2-c6c4-41e9-9a9b-fea8db1a8f51
– The virus shows potential in being able to infect the nervous system through the lungs. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/32104915