Guest Editorial
Volume 4 Issue 6 - 2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Comorbidities, and Clinical Manifestations
Gundu HR Rao*
Emeritus Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Director, Thrombosis, Lillehei Heart Institute, University of Minnesota, USA
*Corresponding Author: Gundu HR Rao, Emeritus Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Director, Thrombosis, Lillehei Heart Institute, University of Minnesota, USA.
Received:May 23, 2020; Published: May 29, 2020

SARS CoV-2, the novel coronavirus has created an unprecedented pandemic worldwide. Covid-19 a highly contagious illness, is caused by a coronavirus of the type, that was first identified by Dr. Almeida in 1964, at her laboratory in St Thomas Hospital in London. In a very interesting investigative report, ‘titled, “Why weren’t We Ready for the Coronavirus?” David Quammen describes the reasons, why the US has fared worse than other countries. (The New Yorker -05/05/2020). The author asks a former scientist of Center for Disease Control (CDC) Dr. Khan about the preparedness, what went so disastrously wrong? Dr Ali Khan replies, “This is lack of imagination”. According to the latest disease prediction model, built by the researchers of Columbia University, if the country (USA) had locked down, two weeks earlier than it did on March 16th, it could have prevented 84% of deaths and 82% of cases (Pei: 3655). El Salvador’s president closed the border and implemented mitigation efforts, before a single case was reported from his country. According to Johns Hopkins Covid-19 tracker (, there have been 1571 confirmed cases and 31 deaths in this country. Similarly, the Vietnam’s success (324 confirmed cases and no deaths), is built on suppression of the virus, mitigation, and social distancing.


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