Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic: A Concise but Updated Comprehensive Review

Curr Microbiol. 2021 May;78(5):1718-1729. doi: 10.1007/s00284-021-02413-z. Epub 2021 Apr 13.


An ongoing global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2; previously temporarily named 2019-nCoV) was reported in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. SARS-CoV-2 has become a pandemic and a major public health concern. As of 18 January 2021, the virus has spread all over the world, resulting in over 99,026 cases in China and more than 95 million cases in another 216 countries. After three months of efforts, Chinese authorities have managed to control the outbreak by implementing aggressive and effective measures; by striking contrast, the number of confirmed patients outside China is still rapidly climbing following an exponential growth trend, especially in some European and American countries. To date, no specific therapeutic drugs still exist for COVID-19. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to understand the updated comprehensive summary regarding COVID-19, in the hopes of providing a reference for the intervention and prevention of the COVID-19 epidemic for public health authorities and healthcare workers around the world.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • China / epidemiology
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Humans
  • Pandemics* / prevention & control
  • SARS-CoV-2