A Critical Appraisal of COVID-19 in Malaysia and Beyond

Malays J Med Sci. 2020 Mar;27(2):1-9. doi: 10.21315/mjms2020.27.2.1. Epub 2020 Apr 10.


When the first report of COVID-19 appeared in December 2019 from Wuhan, China, the world unknowingly perceived this as another flu-like illness. Many were surprised at the extreme steps that China had subsequently taken to seal Wuhan from the rest of the world. However, by February 2020, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, had spread so quickly across the globe that the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. COVID-19 is not the first pandemic the world has seen, so what makes it so unique in Malaysia, is discussed to avoid a future coronacoma.

Keywords: COVID-19; Malaysia; SARS-CoV-2; appraisal; medicine; technology.

Publication types

  • Editorial