The Novel Coronavirus 2019 epidemic and kidneys

Published:March 07, 2020DOI:
      Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a newly discovered contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)–coronavirus (CoV)-2 virus, primarily manifesting as an acute respiratory illness with interstitial and alveolar pneumonia, but it can affect multiple organs such as the kidney, heart, digestive tract, blood, and nervous system.

      Wang D, Hu B, Hu C, et al. Clinical characteristics of 138 hospitalized patients with 2019 novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia in Wuhan, China. JAMA. Accessed March 2, 2020.

      The rapidly spreading outbreak, which first emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019, has since been declared a global pandemic. As of March 16, 2020, 167,511 cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide in 151 countries (and a cruise ship), with 6606 deaths.
      World Health Organization
      Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports.
      In recent days, the number of cases has risen rapidly in South Korea, Japan, Europe, and the United States.


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