This is an encyclopedia page dedicated to COVID-19 outbreak timeline, scientific facts, blogs, statistics, and news. While the outbreak is ongoing, we compiled all information to make this a useful resource for those who want to keep abreast with the latest developments.
An encyclopedia dedicated to COVID-19
The world is struggling to contain more than 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus 2019-nCoV (renamed to COVID-19). The CO stands for corona, the VI for virus and the D for disease. More than 3000 people have died from the infectious disease, which is more severe than Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that claimed 774 lives and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 527 people. The mortality rate is still being debated as to whether it is closer to 3.4% or a fraction of 1%, according to President Trump.
From schools to universities to entire cities, many places all over the world have been placed under lockdown. Many industries such as financial, education and travel, have been hit and the outbreak exposed the weakness of the just-in-time supply chain model.
The total economic damage is hard to estimate but it is likely costing billions of dollars and we have already witnessed the worst one-day plunge of 1,190 points of Dow Jones industrial average. The crisis has also revealed the ugly side of humanity as people rushed to stockpile toilet paper, bottled water, hand wash, hand sanitizer and face masks. There have been fights, a robbery, racial discrimination and unscrupulous individuals trying to profit from this crisis.
This is an encyclopedia page dedicated to COVID-19 outbreak that started in Wuhan, China, in late Dec 2019 according to official reports, but it is possible the coronavirus has been circulating in human populations prior to this. While the outbreak is ongoing, we compiled all information, which has taken more than a thousand of research hours, to make this a useful resource for those who want to keep abreast with the latest news. It is categorized into 5 sections:
5) news (Beta version)
The sources of information include those that may have been deleted or retracted elsewhere, which as such represents a more ‘uncensored’ version of information. We have also linked resources from YouTube and twitters. Now and in the future, this should be an invaluable repository for researchers seeking facts and opinions on this outbreak. Users are encouraged to refer to the WHO for official information.