A new threat from an old enemy: Re-emergence of coronavirus (Review)

Anca Oana Docea, Aristidis Tsatsakis, Dana Albulescu, Oana Cristea, Ovidiu Zlatian, Marco Vinceti, Sterghios A. Moschos, Dimitris Tsoukalas, Marina Goumenou, Nikolaos Drakoulis, Josef M. Dumanov1, Victor A. Tutelyan, Gennadii G. Onischenko, Michael Aschner, Demetrios A. Spandidos, Daniela Calina

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The new outbreak of coronavirus from December 2019 has brought attention to an old viral enemy and has raised concerns as to the ability of current protection measures and the healthcare system to handle such a threat. It has been known since the 1960s that coronaviruses can cause respiratory infections in humans; however, their epidemic potential was understood only during the past two decades.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1631-1643
Number of pages13
JournalInternational journal of molecular medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2020


  • COVID- 19
  • Coronavirus
  • Diagnostics
  • Epidemiology
  • MERS-CoV
  • Pathogeny
  • SARS-CoV
  • Virulence strains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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