Since the identification of the first cases of
the coronavirus in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, there has been a significant amount of confusion regarding the origin and
spread of the so-called 'coronavirus', officially named SARS-CoV-2, and the cause of the disease COVID-19. Conflicting messages
from the media and officials across different countries and organizations, the abundance of disparate sources of information,
unfounded conspiracy theories on the origins of the newly emerging virus and the inconsistent public health measures across
different countries, have all served to increase the level of anxiety in the population. Where did the virus come from? How
is it transmitted? How does it cause disease? Is it like flu? What is a pandemic? What can we do to stop its spread? Written
by a leading expert, this concise and accessible introduction provides answers to the most common questions surrounding coronavirus
for a general audience.
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. How is the coronavirus spreading?; 3. What is a coronavirus; 4.
How is the coronavirus changing?; 5. How did the COVID-19 outbreak start and evolve?; 6. How does the COVID-19 outbreak compare
to the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003?; 7. How does the COVID-19 outbreak compare to seasonal and pandemic influenza?; 8. Are
there therapeutic options?; Epilogue; Summary of common misunderstandings; Suggested further reading.
Why is information
about the coronavirus/COVID-19 so confusing? Grasp the key facts in this concise, accessible and authoritative book.