Coronavirus, recommendations and recent scientific advances

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause conditions ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as respiratory syndromes. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death (reference: WHO).


Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing (reference: WHO).


WHO works closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly disseminate scientific knowledge about this new virus, track the spread and virulence of the virus, and provide recommendations to countries and individuals to protect health and prevent the spread of Covid-19.


In addition, scientific research on Covid-19 is progressing, particularly in France. Institut Pasteur, with whom we have an international training program addressing, in particular the emerging viruses (link), has recently published the complete sequencing of the Covid-19 genome as well as the first results showing rapid cell-culture isolation (press release of January 31, 2020). For Pr. Arnaud Fontanet, “A whole range of research is now possible”. This ranges from studying the weaknesses of the virus, identifying effective antiviral molecules and developing a vaccine.

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