Vol 71, No 1 (2021)
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SARS-CoV-2 infection: etiopathogenesis, clinical picture, current therapeutic options – the author’s observations

Krzysztof Simon12, Marta Rorat32, Justyna Janocha-Litwin12, Monika Pazgan-Simon12
Nowotwory. Journal of Oncology 2021;71(1):38-41.


Currently, the scenario of a self-contained disappearance of the epidemic (as it was in the case of SARS) is no longer taken into consideration, whilst the SARS-CoV-2 virus will stay with us forever, similarly to other coronaviruses or flu. It is quite likely that periodical exacerbations of the epidemics – their growth and decrease – depend on many factors, which comprise, among others, the approval of the restrictions by the society or the manner in the epidemiological supervision is carried out and whether it is consistent. We must be ready for about 18–24 months of a high activity of COVID-19 with periodic active hot spots in many world regions. This requires efficient health services and the access to efficacious medication. Without an effective prophylactic vaccine, it seems that we will not be able to prevent the spread of the pandemic

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