Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(7): 498-502.
doi: 10.34172/aim.2020.47
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Review Article

SARS-CoV-2; What We Know so far

Huda Fatima Rajani 1 ORCID logo, Fatima Ahmed Alshaikh 2 ORCID logo, Amir Anushiravani 3 * ORCID logo

1 Department of Medical Biotechnology, School of Advanced Technologies in Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 School of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Digestive Diseases Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


A recent outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has affected more than 1100000 (April 5, 2020) individuals worldwide and is spreading rapidly. The virus is reported to be derived from bats and the infection was first reported in China. Similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome and the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronaviruses, it is responsible for respiratory tract infection. Real time polymerase chain reaction and radiography are the two main diagnostic methods. Guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO) should be followed for diagnostic and precautionary measures. Treatment of the infection is still not available; however, antivirals are under clinical trials.
Keywords: Antiviral agents, Radiography, Real-time polymerase chain reaction, SARS-CoV-2
Cite this article as: Fatima Rajani H, Alshaikh FA, Anushiravani A. SARS-CoV-2; What we know so far. Arch Iran Med. 2020;23(7):498–502. doi: 10.34172/aim.2020.47.
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Submitted: 03 Apr 2020
Accepted: 03 May 2020
ePublished: 01 Jul 2020
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