The epidemiology and clinical information about COVID-19

Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2020 Jun;39(6):1011-1019. doi: 10.1007/s10096-020-03874-z. Epub 2020 Apr 14.


In December 2019, pneumonia of unknown cause occurred in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. On 7 January 2020, a novel coronavirus, named as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified in the throat swab sample of one patient. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the epidemic disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Currently, COVID-19 has spread widely around the world, affecting more than seventy countries. China, with a huge burden of this disease, has taken strong measures to control the spread and improve the curative rate of COVID-19. In this review, we summarized the epidemiological characteristics, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of COVID-19. A comprehensive understanding will help to control the disease.

Keywords: Clinical; Coronavirus disease 2019; Epidemiology; Pathology; Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2; Treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus / isolation & purification
  • COVID-19
  • China / epidemiology
  • Coronavirus Infections / diagnosis
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / pathology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / prevention & control
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Pneumonia, Viral / diagnosis
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / pathology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / prevention & control
  • Prognosis
  • SARS-CoV-2