Transmission patterns and control of COVID-19 epidemic
The novel coronavirus, named “SARS-CoV-2”, was identified on 7 January 2020 by Chinese scientists. As of 28 January, near 6000 cases have been confirmed in China, as well as Thailand, Australia, the United States, Singapore, and other nine countries. Infection with this virus can cause illness, ranging from common cold to more severely, respiratory diseases, like SARS and MERS. The human-to-human transmission has been confirmed.
The situation is driving China’s urgent public health actions, as well as international engagement. China has enhanced public health responses for the containment and mitigation of the epidemic, both in cities and rural areas. But much remains to be done. Based on the recommendations by World Health Organization, there is an urgent need for understanding the epidemiology and the evolution of this outbreak, and its full potential for human-to-human transmission, as well as where transmission is taking place, and the control strategies to stop the transmission. In this regard, mathematical and data-driven modelling studies may help provide evidence and insights into the transmission, severity, and particularity of the disease, which could readily inform decision-making in combating the disease.
In order to rapidly disseminate and share newly acquired scientific evidence and experiences in understanding the disease and its control measures, the journal of Infectious Diseases of Poverty is launching a new Thematic Series entitled Transmission patterns and control of COVID-19 epidemic. The themes covered in this series include but are not limited to epidemiological survey and data management, transmission mechanism and modeling, virus biology and sequencing analysis, disease treatment and control measures, etc.. Various article types are welcome, including Scoping Review, Research Article, Case Report, Case Study, Commentary, Letter to the Editor, Opinion, Short Report, and Study Protocol. Manuscripts submitted to this Thematic Series will be published after a very quick peer review.
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Guest Editors: Dr. Jiming Liu, Dr. Yue-Long Shu, Dr. Xiao-Nong Zhou