Scientists are scrambling to study the new coronavirus and how it spreads. Over the past 20 days, more than 50 research papers have been published. The virus, known as 2019-nCoV, can cause severe respiratory diseases. According to official reports, the new coronavirus has so far infected at least 7,700 people in China and killed 170 (note: this is the data as of the time of publication in English, not the latest data).
Coronary virus (art concept diagram) has a coronary ring. Source: Pasieka/Science Photo Library
Source: Nature Nature Research
Writing . . . Emma Stoye
In addition, the outbreak has spread to 15 other countries and regions. It is generally believed that the new coronavirus infection originated in a seafood market in Wuhan. Since January 23, Wuhan City has been completely closed, traffic in and out of Wuhan has been restricted.
As the epidemic continues to escalate, many studies on new coronaviruses have been published. The virus, which appeared in humans last December, is a new type of virus unknown to scientists. Nature, with the words “coronavirus” (coronavirus) and “ncov” (new coronavirus), is published on the preprint servers bioRxiv, medRxiv and ChemRxiv, Google Academics, Forum virological.org, Altmetric, the academic activity tracking index, searched the websites of research institutions that have published preliminary studies. As of January 30, at least 54 English-language papers on the new coronavirus had been published, more than half in the past seven days.
More than 30 papers have been published on preprint servers, as well as in peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet and Journal of Medical Virology. The search was not included in the Chinese journals.
In these papers, several estimates the rate of transmission of the virus or the length of the incubation period, which refers to the time between infection and the onsetting of symptoms.
Other studies have focused on viral structures or genetic composition that can be used to identify drug targets or develop vaccines. The researchers also published genomic data on viruses on online platforms such as GISAID or GenBank, though Nature’s analysis did not include such uploads. Originally published as China coronavirus: How many papers have been published?