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Novel Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Review on nCOVID-19)
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  • Muhammad Mudassar Shahzad,
  • Syed Hussain,
  • Rahat Rehman,
  • Zawar Hussain,
  • Sana Bashir,
  • Fatima Khalid,
  • Tahir Rafique ,
  • Kalsoom Akhtar,
  • Laraib Tahir,
  • Majid Hussain,
  • Iram Liaquat
Muhammad Mudassar Shahzad
University of Education
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Syed Hussain
Government College University Faisalabad
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Rahat Rehman
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Zawar Hussain
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Sana Bashir
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Fatima Khalid
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Tahir Rafique
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Kalsoom Akhtar
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Laraib Tahir
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Majid Hussain
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Iram Liaquat
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Abstract

COVID-19 has now become a global epidemic, prevailing over 213 countries of the world including Pakistan. To date, there have been more than 12000 cases and above 220 deaths reported in Pakistan. The outbreak is caused by a β-coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, similar in characteristics to the SARS and MERS-CoV. It shows symptoms like pneumonia and may lead to death. Despite lockdown and possible isolation system, it is spreading rapidly. Lack of precautionary measures, specific vaccine and delayed diagnosis may be the major reasons for its spread. Several researches on COVID-19 have described its various features to extend its knowledge in order to help the scientific world in preparation of vaccine. Current review aimed to cover all essential data such as clinical characteristics, pathology, detailed morphology and structure, antigenicity of COVID-19 virus, role of structural proteins in anti-viral drug development and possible treatments being used. This manuscript would be helpful to select the best possible treatment depending on the availability and condition of the patient. Moreover, further research is needed for assistance in designing a virus-specific drug or vaccine.

Peer review status:POSTED

04 Jun 2020Submitted to Influenza and other respiratory viruses
09 Jun 2020Assigned to Editor
09 Jun 2020Submission Checks Completed