Novel coronavirus: From discovery to clinical diagnostics

Infect Genet Evol. 2020 Apr:79:104211. doi: 10.1016/j.meegid.2020.104211. Epub 2020 Jan 30.


A novel coronavirus designated as 2019-nCoV first appeared in Wuhan, China in late December 2019. Dozens of people died in China, and thousands of people infected as 2019-nCoV continues to spread around the world. We have described the discovery, emergence, genomic characteristics, and clinical diagnostics of 2019-nCoV.

Keywords: Bat; China; Pneumonia; coronavirus.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus* / genetics
  • Betacoronavirus* / isolation & purification
  • COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques*
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis*
  • Databases, Genetic
  • Genome, Viral
  • Humans
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis*
  • SARS-CoV-2