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An outlook on the havoc post-COVID-19 outbreak: A current status and consequences

Tushar Dubey, Apurv Soni, Shyamalendu Laskar, Pritam Pohankar


Background: The only thing that world is most vigilant about, now, is COVID-19. An outbreak of a disease of a type of pneumonia, caused by group of coronavirus, has created havoc in around more than 180 countries and regions worldwide and has claimed numbers of lives around the globe. The virus was named SARS-COV-2 belongs to the family of coronaviruses, which is believed to have originated from bats. It was declared pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. It is seen that virus spreads by human-to-human transmission. Aim: To combat this virus, numerous measures are being taken. Effective vaccine has not been available thus far. However, it is been noted that the disease subsides by the administration of antiviral drugs and this mode of treatment has high success rate. Importance of social responsibility and refraining from spreading medically and scientifically invalidated information needs to be emphasized. Conclusion: The novel coronavirus spread so rapidly that it has change the rhythm of the globe, its current and future consequences on socioeconomic status and health-care facilities going to be a challenge for the country. However, every country is facing the crisis based on their own possibilities, expertise, and hypotheses. Thus, there are different criteria for testing, estimation, and hospitalization of cases making it difficult to calculate the number of people affected by pandemic. This review article summarizes the information about the virus, epidemiology, prevalence, current status in India, and the future impact of it on various strata. Clinical Significance: The clinical symptoms of COVID-19 may vary from symptomatic to asymptomatic forms which is characterized by severe respiratory failure, cough, myalgia, and fever. It is difficult to differentiate COVID-19 from other viral infections, symptoms are changing day by day. The incubation period can last longer than 2 weeks and it is possible that a very long incubation period could reflect double exposure. Suspected and confirmed cases should be treated in designated hospitals with effective isolation and protective conditions in a single room. Moreover, critical cases need to be admitted to the intensive care unit as soon as possible.


COVID-19; disease outbreak; pandemic

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