• Giovanna Rubin

SARS-CoV-1: Origins.



We understand that education is the best way to encourage society and expand everyone's horizons. Therefore, we want to bring you back to 2003 and understand that the situation we have been living in for two years is not new.

Contrary to what many people think, the virus that gave rise to COVID-19 is older than you think. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was already the subject of scientific agendas and discussions in the early 2000s.

As an educational tool, #Nanox brings you 5 interesting facts about the "first version" of SARS-CoV-1.

1) Its first outbreak occurred at the end of March 2003, and lasted throughout April of the same year.

2) The virus was mapped for the first time on April 12, 2003, at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

3) Still in 2003, the WHO warned of SARS as a possible future epidemic.

4) This warning was confirmed true, as in late November 2019 and early 2020, we began to face and are still facing the new pandemic of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).

5) This 2003 pandemic affected Asia, Oceania, some countries in the European continent, and North America. Brazil, as well as the rest of South America and Africa, had no confirmed cases.


It is important to point out that SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 are not the same thing, but if we had listened to the WHO's opinions on SARS alerts, would we have gone through all that we have gone through and are still going through?


If you have any symptoms, seek the nearest health care facility, such as an emergency room, for initial analysis. If the picture is compatible with the case definition, this health service should follow the flow established by the State Health Secretariat.


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