Coronavirus in Ecuador: an opinion from the Academia

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Santiago Guerrero http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3473-7214

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This is the third time that a zoonotic coronavirus has infected various human populations. This new virus, classified as SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), is the causative agent of the new pandemic outbreak called COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). The international research carried out around this new outbreak was so effective that shortly thereafter the genome of the virus, its biology and its main epidemiological aspects were determined. To date, 1962 positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 have been reported in Ecuador, situation that has caused great concern among Ecuadorian academics and society. Thus, in this opinion article, the main research carried out internationally on the SARS-CoV-2 will be detailed, the importance of the Academia in healthcare decision-making will be discussed and the role of fundamental research to hold a possible outbreak in Ecuador will be mentioned.
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