Clinical and demographic characteristics of patients dying from COVID-19 in Italy vs China

J Med Virol. 2020 Oct;92(10):1759-1760. doi: 10.1002/jmv.25860. Epub 2020 Jun 2.


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19), an infectious outbreak caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS‐CoV‐2),1 has now progressed to global pandemic.2 Besides the compelling need to understand the novel biological pathways underlying the virulence and pathogenicity of SARS‐CoV‐2 in humans to enable the development of appropriate interventions and therapies,3,4 the noticeable difference in mortality rates between Asian and European populations is one of the most significant issues demanding the attention of biologists, epidemiologists and clinicians around the world.

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Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / epidemiology*
  • COVID-19 / virology
  • China / epidemiology
  • Demography
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology
  • SARS-CoV-2 / pathogenicity