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dc.contributor.authorVan Damme, Wimen_US
dc.contributor.authorDahake, Ritwiken_US
dc.contributor.authorDélamou, Alexandreen_US
dc.contributor.authorIngelbeen, Brechten_US
dc.contributor.authorWouters, Edwinen_US
dc.contributor.authorVanham, Guidoen_US
dc.contributor.authorvan de Pas, Remcoen_US
dc.contributor.authorDossou, Jean-Paulen_US
dc.contributor.authorIr, Poren_US
dc.contributor.authorAbimbola, Seyeen_US
dc.contributor.authorVan der Borght, Stefaanen_US
dc.contributor.authorDevadasan, Narayananen_US
dc.contributor.authorBloom, Geralden_US
dc.contributor.authorVan Engelgem, Ianen_US
dc.contributor.authorAhmed, Mohamed Ali Agen_US
dc.contributor.authorKiendrébéogo, Joël Arthuren_US
dc.contributor.authorVerdonck, Kristienen_US
dc.contributor.authorDe Brouwere, Vincenten_US
dc.contributor.authorBello, Kéfilathen_US
dc.contributor.authorKloos, Helmuten_US
dc.contributor.authorAaby, Peteren_US
dc.contributor.authorKalk, Andreasen_US
dc.contributor.authorAl-Awlaqi, Samehen_US
dc.contributor.authorPrashanth, N Sen_US
dc.contributor.authorMuyembe-Tamfum, Jean Jacquesen_US
dc.contributor.authorMbala, Placideen_US
dc.contributor.authorAhuka-Mundeke, Steveen_US
dc.contributor.authorAssefa, Yibeltalen_US
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-09
dc.date.available2020-07-09
dc.date.issued2020-01-01
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2123/22820
dc.description.abstractIt is very exceptional that a new disease becomes a true pandemic. Since its emergence in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has spread to nearly all countries of the world in only a few months. However, in different countries, the COVID-19 epidemic takes variable shapes and forms in how it affects communities. Until now the insights gained on COVID-19 have been largely dominated by the COVID-19 epidemics and the lockdowns in China, Europe, and the United States. But this variety of global trajectories is little described, analysed, or understood. In only a few months, an enormous amount of scientific evidence on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 has been uncovered (knowns). But important knowledge gaps remain (unknowns). An important missing piece of the COVID-19 puzzle can be solved by learning from the variety of ways the COVID-19 epidemic is unfolding across the globe. This paper tries to make sense of this variability—by exploring the important role that context plays in these different COVID-19 epidemics; by comparing COVID-19 epidemics with other respiratory diseases, including other coronaviruses that circulate continuously; and by highlighting the critical unknowns and uncertainties that remain. These unknowns and uncertainties require a deeper understanding of the variable trajectories of COVID-19. Unraveling them will be important for discerning potential future scenarios, such as the first wave in virgin territories still untouched by COVID-19 and for future waves elsewhere.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectCOVID-19
dc.subjectCoronavirus
dc.titleThe COVID-19 Pandemic: Diverse Contexts; Different Epidemics—How and Why?en_US
dc.typePreprinten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1101/2020.02.13.945485


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