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Date: March 10 2020

Summary: Gives an overview of the 2020 SARS-CoV-2 (COVID19) pandemic and what the disease is.

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Table of Contents

    1. What is SARS-CoV-2?
      1. Symptoms
      2. Risk of dying:
      3. Prevention Methods:
  1. How To Cite
  2. References
  3. Discussion:

What is SARS-CoV-2?

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.

Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. [1]

Currently, the World Health Organization has not classified this situation as a pandemic though this stance is highly contentious. [2]

UPDATE (MARCH 11th):_ As of now, this situation is now classified a pandemic by the World Health Organization. [3]

Here is an image showing its transmission across the world:



The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (this is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus]) [4]:

Risk of dying:

1 - 2% is the current estimate though it could get higher. [5]

Prevention Methods:


How To Cite

Zelko, Jacob. SARS-CoV-2. March 10 2020.


[1] CDC and CDC, “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary,” Mar. 09, 2020. (accessed Mar. 10, 2020).

[2] “Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).” (accessed Mar. 10, 2020).

[3] “WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 11 March 2020.”–-11-march-2020 (accessed Mar. 15, 2020).

[4] CDC and CDC, “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Symptoms,” Feb. 29, 2020. (accessed Mar. 10, 2020).

[5] M. Lipsitch, “Opinion | Why it’s so hard to pin down the risk of dying from coronavirus.” (accessed Mar. 10, 2020).

[6] CDC and CDC, “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Prevention & Treatment,” Feb. 15, 2020. (accessed Mar. 10, 2020).


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