SARS-CoV-2 pandemic: An overview

Cecilia Acuti Martellucci, Maria Elena Flacco, Rosaria Cappadona, Francesca Bravi, Lorenzo Mantovani, Lamberto Manzoli

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By the end of May 2020, SARS-CoV-2 pandemic caused more than 350,000 deaths worldwide. In the first months, there have been uncertainties on almost any area: infection transmission route, virus origin and persistence in the environment, diagnostic tests, therapeutic approach, high-risk subjects, lethality, and containment policies. We provide an updated summary of the current knowledge on the pandemic, discussing the available evidence on the effectiveness of the adopted mitigation strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100736
JournalAdvances in Biological Regulation
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • Containment policies
  • COVID-19
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Epidemiology
  • Mortality
  • SARS-CoV-2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cancer Research


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