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Containment and case management of COVID-19 pandemic

Guest edited by Dr Jürg Utzinger, Prof Albert Ko, Dr Robert Bergquist, Dr Florence Fouque and Dr Xiao-Nong Zhou

A thematic series published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) described the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation as a pandemic. As of 12 April 2020, 1,695,096 confirmed cases, with 105,865 deaths of COVID-19 have been reported to WHO from more than 211 countries/territories of the world. In order to mitigate threat and impact of COVID-19 on health and society, the international community has stand ready to respond to the pandemic.

Several countries have demonstrated that COVID-19 transmission can be slowed or stopped. The urgent and significant strategies may be to limit human-to-human transmission, identify and manage cases, address crucial questions regarding clinical severity and treatment options, as well as accelerate the development of diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. This may be accomplished by improving the level of and scaling up preparedness and response operations, including strengthening readiness to rapidly identify, diagnose and treat cases; to identify and follow-up close contacts; and to raise awareness on other countermeasures. Case management should include considerations for individual quarantine, clinical treatment of confirmed symptomatic cases and home care for suspected mild infections. Accelerating priority research and innovation in candidate therapeutics, vaccines, and diagnostics will facilitate the multidisciplinary and collaborative response.

In order to rapidly share scientific evidence and experiences acquired in studies regarding above strategies within the international communities, Infectious Diseases of Poverty has launched this series. The themes covered include but not limited to preparedness and response strategies, case identification and management, clinical diagnosis and treatment, research and innovation in therapeutics, vaccines, and diagnostics as well as any subject closely related. 

  1. COVID-19 pandemic continues, clarifying signatures in clinical characters and antibody responses between severe and non-severe COVID-19 cases would benefit the prognosis and treatment.

    Authors: Hongye Wang, Dongshan Yan, Ya Li, Yanfei Gong, Yulin Mai, Bingxiang Li, Xiaoyong Zhu, Xinrui Wan, Liyun Xie, HuaKe Jiang, Min Zhang, Ming Sun, Yufeng Yao and Yongzhang Zhu
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2022 11:15
  2. The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has put a strain on health systems globally. Although Africa is the least affected region to date, it has the weakest health systems and an exponential ...

    Authors: Joy Luba Lomole Waya, David Ameh, Joseph Lou K. Mogga, Joseph F. Wamala and Olushayo Oluseun Olu
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2021 10:30
  3. Early severity estimates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are critically needed to assess the potential impact of the ongoing pandemic in different demographic groups. Here we estimate the real-time dela...

    Authors: Eduardo A. Undurraga, Gerardo Chowell and Kenji Mizumoto
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2021 10:11
  4. The number of cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States has risen sharply since March 2020. A county health ranking and roadmaps program has been established to identify factors associated wi...

    Authors: Ting Tian, Jingwen Zhang, Liyuan Hu, Yukang Jiang, Congyuan Duan, Zhongfei Li, Xueqin Wang and Heping Zhang
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2021 10:3
  5. In the past five months, success in control the national epidemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been witnessed in China. The implementation of public health measures accounts for the success which...

    Authors: Xiao-Yue Yu, Chen Xu, Hu-Wen Wang, Rui-Jie Chang, Yin-Qiao Dong, Lhakpa Tsamlag, Shu-Xian Zhang, Yue-Lin Yu, Ru-Si Long, Hui Wang and Yong Cai
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:141
  6. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) linked with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) cause severe illness and life-threatening pneumonia in humans. The current COVID-19 pandemic demands...

    Authors: Muhammad Tahir ul Qamar, Farah Shahid, Sadia Aslam, Usman Ali Ashfaq, Sidra Aslam, Israr Fatima, Muhammad Mazhar Fareed, Ali Zohaib and Ling-Ling Chen
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:132
  7. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has emerged as a global health and economic security threat with staggering cumulative incidence worldwide. Given the severity of projections, hospitals across the globe...

    Authors: Hussen Mohammed, Lemessa Oljira, Kedir Teji Roba, Getnet Yimer, Abebaw Fekadu and Tsegahun Manyazewal
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:131
  8. The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases has rapidly increased all over the world. Specific information about immunity in non-survivors with COVID-19 is scarce. This study aimed to analyse the c...

    Authors: Yang Zhao, Han-Xiang Nie, Ke Hu, Xiao-Jun Wu, Yun-Ting Zhang, Meng-Mei Wang, Tao Wang, Zhi-Shui Zheng, Xiao-Chen Li and Shao-Lin Zeng
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:108
  9. From the begging months of 2020 a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, also called 2019-nCoV) caused a devastating global outbreak. At present, the diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019 (...

    Authors: Omid Fakheran, Mandana Dehghannejad and Abbasali Khademi
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:100
  10. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has caused a public catastrophe and global concern. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, myalgia, fatigue and lower respiratory tract infection si...

    Authors: Xue-Yan Zhang, Hao-Jie Huang, Dong-Lin Zhuang, Moussa Ide Nasser, Ming-Hua Yang, Ping Zhu and Ming-Yi Zhao
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:99
  11. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has caused a serious epidemic around the world, but it has been effectively controlled in the mainland of China. The Chinese government limited the migration of people almos...

    Authors: Yong Li, Lian-Wen Wang, Zhi-Hang Peng and Hong-Bing Shen
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:94
  12. An outbreak of infection caused by SARS-CoV-2 recently has brought a great challenge to public health. Rapid identification of immune epitopes would be an efficient way to screen the candidates for vaccine dev...

    Authors: Hong-Zhi Chen, Ling-Li Tang, Xin-Ling Yu, Jie Zhou, Yun-Feng Chang and Xiang Wu
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:88
  13. Emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases represent a public health challenge of international concern. They include a large group of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), many of which are of zoonotic nature. ...

    Authors: John P. Ehrenberg, Xiao-Nong Zhou, Gilberto Fontes, Eliana M. M. Rocha, Marcel Tanner and Jürg Utzinger
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:86
  14. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is now becoming an enormous threat to public health. The clinical spectrum of COVID-19 is extensive, of which critical cases are with rapid disease progressi...

    Authors: Shan-Yan Zhang, Jiang-Shan Lian, Jian-Hua Hu, Xiao-Li Zhang, Ying-Feng Lu, Huan Cai, Jue-Qing Gu, Chan-Yuan Ye, Ci-Liang Jin, Guo-Dong Yu, Hong-Yu Jia, Yi-Min Zhang, Ji-Fang Sheng, Lan-Juan Li and Yi-Da Yang
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:85
  15. The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) led to the outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan. The virus is highly infectious. Patients with cancer might be susceptible to the viral infection beca...

    Authors: Shi-Hui Song, Tie-Long Chen, Li-Ping Deng, Yong-Xi Zhang, Ping-Zheng Mo, Shi-Cheng Gao, Wen-Jia Hu, Yong Xiong and Zhi-Yong Ma
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:82
  16. There is currently considerable international debate around school closures/openings and the role of children in the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Whilst evidence suggests that children ...

    Authors: Darren J. Gray, Johanna Kurscheid, Mary Lorraine Mationg, Gail M. Williams, Catherine Gordon, Matthew Kelly, Kinley Wangdi and Donald P. McManus
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:81
  17. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is now a global public threat. Given the pandemic of COVID-19, the economic impact of COVID-19 is essential to add value to the policy-making process. We retrospectively con...

    Authors: Xue-Zheng Li, Feng Jin, Jian-Guo Zhang, Yun-Feng Deng, Wei Shu, Jing-Min Qin, Xin Ma and Yu Pang
    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:78