UJ Institute for the Future of Knowledge

Thinking Rationally About Coronavirus COVID-19

Authored by Alex Broadbent

Coronaviruses are ubiquitous (we find them wherever we look), and cause 5-10% of respiratory infections globally, rising to about one third during epidemics. There is no specific treatment for any coronaviruses beyond supportive care. As these figures imply, infections are typically not life-threatening. We have all had them; they are one of several viral infections aside from influenza that often inaccurately get called “flu”. However, some strains are more dangerous, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS, also originating in China) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and can lead to pneumonia and contribute to serious pulmonary conditions.


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