What is Coronavirus?

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic with a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) on the 11th of March 2020. Initially, the strategy in many countries was to contain the disease but subsequently the development has now been changing to a limitation of the consequences of the pandemic.

It is important not to view this disease as “just a flu”. Even if the consequences may be the same among individuals that is exposed for the coronavirus, it is important to remember that we do not have a treatment for the virus that causes the disease, which subsequently leads to an increased risk of lung complications and death. On the contrary, we do have a treatment for viruses e.g. the influenza virus.

The current pandemic imposes one of the greatest tests for the health of many populations all over the world. It is extremely important to comply with the restrictions given by the health authorities with respect to limiting exposure in social settings and to maintain a good hygiene in general. The necessary prioritizations and recommendations are made across the different countries all over the world and it is important to comply with these.

Prof. Ismail Gogenur

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