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Transmission patterns and control of COVID-19 epidemic

Guest edited by Jiming Liu, Yue-Long Shu, and Xiao-Nong Zhou

A thematic series in Infectious Diseases of Poverty.

The novel coronavirus, named “SARS-CoV-2”, was identified on 7 January 2020 by Chinese scientists. As of 28 January, near 6000 cases have been confirmed in China, as well as Thailand, Australia, the United States, Singapore, and other nine countries. Infection with this virus can cause illness, ranging from common cold to more severely, respiratory diseases, like SARS and MERS. The human-to-human transmission has been confirmed.

The situation is driving China’s urgent public health actions, as well as international engagement. China has enhanced public health responses for the containment and mitigation of the epidemic, both in cities and rural areas. But much remains to be done. Based on the recommendations by World Health Organization, there is an urgent need for understanding the epidemiology and the evolution of this outbreak, and its full potential for human-to-human transmission, as well as where transmission is taking place, and the control strategies to stop the transmission. In this regard, mathematical and data-driven modelling studies may help provide evidence and insights into the transmission, severity, and particularity of the disease, which could readily inform decision-making in combating the disease.

The themes covered in this series include but are not limited to epidemiological survey and data management, transmission mechanism and modeling, virus biology and sequencing analysis, disease treatment and control measures, etc.

  1. Considering the widespread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the world, it is important to understand the spatiotemporal development of the pandemic. In this study, we aimed to visualize time-...

    Authors: Ming-Fan Pang, Zuo-Ru Liang, Zhi-Da Cheng, Xin-Ping Yang, Jie-Wen Wu, Ke Lyu, Jing-Jing Xi, Zhong-Jie Li, Guo-Qing Shi, Yan-Ping Zhang, George F. Gao, Xiao-Peng Qi and Xiao-Ping Dong

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2021 10:21

    Content type: Research Article

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  2. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new viral disease that has caused a pandemic in the world. Due to the lack of vaccines and definitive treatment, preventive behaviors are the only way to overcome the d...

    Authors: Hossein Shahnazi, Maryam Ahmadi-Livani, Bagher Pahlavanzadeh, Abdolhalim Rajabi, Mohammad Shoaib Hamrah and Abdurrahman Charkazi

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:157

    Content type: Short Report

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  3. The ongoing pandemic of the coronavirus disease 2019 has spread rapidly to all countries of the world. Africa is particularly predisposed to an escalation of the pandemic and its negative impact given its weak...

    Authors: Olushayo Oluseun Olu, Joy Luba Lomole Waya, Sylvester Maleghemi, John Rumunu, David Ameh and Joseph Francis Wamala

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:150

    Content type: Commentary

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  4. Effective management of imported cases is an important part of epidemic prevention and control. Hainan Province, China reported 168 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including 112 imported cases on February...

    Authors: Biao Wu, Zi-Ying Lei, Kun-Liang Wu, Jian-Rong He, Hui-Juan Cao, Juan Fu, Feng Chen, Yuan Chen, Bao Chen, Xiao-Li Zhou, Tao Huang, Tao Wu, Yong-Guo Du, Suo-Xian Chen, Fu-Rong Xiao, Zhi-Liang Gao…

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:143

    Content type: Short Report

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  5. Most human pathogens originate from non-human hosts and certain pathogens persist in animal reservoirs. The transmission of such pathogens to humans may lead to self-sustaining chains of transmission. These pa...

    Authors: Jakob Zinsstag, Jürg Utzinger, Nicole Probst-Hensch, Lv Shan and Xiao-Nong Zhou

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:140

    Content type: Opinion

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  6. Health workers (HWs) are at increased risk for severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection and a possible source of nosocomial transmission clusters. Despite the increased risk, the ...

    Authors: Federica Calò, Antonio Russo, Clarissa Camaioni, Stefania De Pascalis and Nicola Coppola

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:139

    Content type: Scoping Review

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  7. COVID-19 has spread all around the world. Italy is one of the worst affected countries in Europe. Although there is a trend of relief, the epidemic situation hasn’t stabilized yet. This study aims to investiga...

    Authors: Pei-Yu Liu, Sha He, Li-Bin Rong and San-Yi Tang

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:130

    Content type: Research Article

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  8. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was confirmed in Brazil in February 2020. Since then, the disease has spread throughout the country, reaching the poorest areas. This study analyzes the relationship between...

    Authors: Carlos Dornels Freire de Souza, Michael Ferreira Machado and Rodrigo Feliciano do Carmo

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:124

    Content type: Research Article

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  9. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is currently the most serious infectious disease in the world. An accurate diagnosis of this disease in the clinic is very important. This study aims to improve the differen...

    Authors: Kai-Cai Liu, Ping Xu, Wei-Fu Lv, Lei Chen, Xiao-Hui Qiu, Jin-Long Yao, Jin-Feng Gu, Bo Hu and Wei Wei

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:118

    Content type: Research Article

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  10. The novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, also called 2019-nCoV) causes different morbidity risks to individuals in different age groups. This study attempts to quanti...

    Authors: Ze-Yu Zhao, Yuan-Zhao Zhu, Jing-Wen Xu, Shi-Xiong Hu, Qing-Qing Hu, Zhao Lei, Jia Rui, Xing-Chun Liu, Yao Wang, Meng Yang, Li Luo, Shan-Shan Yu, Jia Li, Ruo-Yun Liu, Fang Xie, Ying-Ying Su…

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:117

    Content type: Research Article

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  11. In December 2019, an outbreak of coronavirus disease (later named as COVID-19) was identified in Wuhan, China and, later on, detected in other parts of China. Our aim is to evaluate the effectiveness of the ev...

    Authors: Hui Wan, Jing-An Cui and Guo-Jing Yang

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:116

    Content type: Research Article

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  12. The emerging infectious disease, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), poses a serious threat in China and worldwide. Challenged by this se...

    Authors: Tie-Long Xu, Mei-Ying Ao, Xu Zhou, Wei-Feng Zhu, He-Yun Nie, Jian-He Fang, Xin Sun, Bin Zheng and Xiao-Fan Chen

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:115

    Content type: Short Report

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  13. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) had spread worldwide. Although the world has intensively focused on the epidemic center during this period of time, it is imperative to emphasize that more a...

    Authors: Ru-Jun Liao, Chun-Nong Ji-Ke, Tao Zhang, Qiang Liao, Ling Li, Tian-Yu Zhu and Shao-Yong Bian

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:112

    Content type: Case Study

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  14. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic met coincidentally with massive migration before Lunar New Year in China in early 2020. This study is to investigate the relationship between the massive migrat...

    Authors: Wen-Yu Song, Pan Zang, Zhong-Xing Ding, Xin-Yu Fang, Li-Guo Zhu, Ya Zhu, Chang-Jun Bao, Feng Chen, Ming Wu and Zhi-Hang Peng

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:109

    Content type: Research Article

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  15. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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  16. From December 25, 2019 to January 31, 2020, 33 cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) were identified in the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine of Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan Univers...

    Authors: Gu-Qin Zhang, Hua-Qin Pan, Xing-Xing Hu, Shao-Jun He, Yi-Fei Chen, Chao-Jie Wei, Lan Ni, Li-Ping Zhang, Zhen-Shun Cheng and Jiong Yang

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:104

    Content type: Short Report

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  17. 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

    Content type: Scoping Review

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  18. Since the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Africa was detected on February 14, 2020, the cumulative confirmations reached 15 207 including 831 deaths by April 13, 2020. Africa has been desc...

    Authors: Salihu S. Musa, Shi Zhao, Maggie H. Wang, Abdurrazaq G. Habib, Umar T. Mustapha and Daihai He

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:96

    Content type: Research Article

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  19. Shenzhen is a city of 22 million people in south China that serves as a financial and trade center for East Asia. The city has extensive ties to Hubei Province, the first reported epicenter of the coronavirus ...

    Authors: Huachun Zou, Yuelong Shu and Tiejian Feng

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:89

    Content type: Commentary

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  20. The new coronavirus disease COVID-19 began in December 2019 and has spread rapidly by human-to-human transmission. This study evaluated the transmissibility of the infectious disease and analyzed its associati...

    Authors: Xiao-Jing Guo, Hui Zhang and Yi-Ping Zeng

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:87

    Content type: Research Article

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  21. 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

    Content type: Research Article

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  22. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has seriously endangered the health and lives of Chinese people. In this study, we predicted the COVID-19 epidemic trend and estimated the efficacy of several i...

    Authors: Jian Zu, Miao-Lei Li, Zong-Fang Li, Ming-Wang Shen, Yan-Ni Xiao and Fan-Pu Ji

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:83

    Content type: Research Article

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  23. 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

    Content type: Case Report

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  24. It is well established that obesity is a disease of sustained low-grade inflammation. However, it is currently unknown if obesity plays a role in the clinical manifestations and prognosis of severe acute respi...

    Authors: Shao-Hang Cai, Wei Liao, Shu-Wei Chen, Li-Li Liu, Si-Yao Liu and Zhi-Dan Zheng

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:80

    Content type: Research Article

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  25. There is sufficient epidemiological and biological evidence of increased human susceptibility to viral pathogens such as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, respiratory syncytial virus, human metapne...

    Authors: Kamoru A. Adedokun, Ayodeji O. Olarinmoye, Jelili O. Mustapha and Ramat T. Kamorudeen

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:77

    Content type: Opinion

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  26. As COVID-19 makes its way around the globe, each nation must decide when and how to respond. Yet many knowledge gaps persist, and many countries lack the capacity to develop complex models to assess risk and r...

    Authors: Lei Zhou, Jiang-Mei Liu, Xiao-Ping Dong, Jennifer M. McGoogan and Zun-You Wu

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:76

    Content type: Research Article

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  27. Practitioners and researchers in the midst of overwhelming coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreaks are calling for new ways of looking at such pandemics, with an emphasis on human behavior and holistic c...

    Authors: Timothy De Ver Dye, Erin Muir, Lorne Farovitch, Shazia Siddiqi and Saloni Sharma

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:71

    Content type: Commentary

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  28. As of 2 March, 2020, at least 80 151 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases were reported in China. Most of the patients had a history of visiting Hubei Province or contacting with people who had ever staye...

    Authors: Chang-Qiang Zhu, Shi-Ding Gao, Yan Xu, Xiao-Hong Yang, Fu-Qiang Ye, Le-Le Ai, Rui-Chen Lv, Bin Zhang, Yin Li, Heng Lv, Yun-Sheng Liu, Chun-Meng Shi, Chun-Hui Wang and Wei-Long Tan

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:70

    Content type: Case Report

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  29. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has become a pandemic causing global health problem. We provide estimates of the daily trend in the size of the epidemic in Wuhan based on detailed informati...

    Authors: Qiu-Shi Lin, Tao-Jun Hu and Xiao-Hua Zhou

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:69

    Content type: Research Article

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    The Commentary to this article has been published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:129

  30. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has caused more than 80 813 confirmed cases in all provinces of China, and 21 110 cases reported in 93 countries of six continents as of 7 March 2020 since m...

    Authors: Xu Qian, Ran Ren, Youfa Wang, Yan Guo, Jing Fang, Zhong-Dao Wu, Pei-Long Liu and Tie-Ru Han

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:34

    Content type: Commentary

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  31. Coronavirus can cross the species barrier and infect humans with a severe respiratory syndrome. SARS-CoV-2 with potential origin of bat is still circulating in China. In this study, a prediction model is propo...

    Authors: Xiao-Li Qiang, Peng Xu, Gang Fang, Wen-Bin Liu and Zheng Kou

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:33

    Content type: Research Article

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  32. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China beginning in December 2019. As of 31 January 2020, this epidemic had sp...

    Authors: Sasmita Poudel Adhikari, Sha Meng, Yu-Ju Wu, Yu-Ping Mao, Rui-Xue Ye, Qing-Zhi Wang, Chang Sun, Sean Sylvia, Scott Rozelle, Hein Raat and Huan Zhou

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:29

    Content type: Scoping Review

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  33. As reported by the World Health Organization, a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the causative virus of Wuhan pneumonia of unknown etiology by Chinese authorities on 7 January, 2020. The virus w...

    Authors: Tian-Mu Chen, Jia Rui, Qiu-Peng Wang, Ze-Yu Zhao, Jing-An Cui and Ling Yin

    Citation: Infectious Diseases of Poverty 2020 9:24

    Content type: Research Article

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