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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4-6

Novel coronavirus disease 2019: Pandemic 2020

Navin Upchar Kendra, Buxipur, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Dr. Vivek Chandra
Navin Upchar Kendra, 2, Pratibha Complex, Buxipur, Gorakhpur - 273 001, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/jrnm.jrnm_11_20

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Coronavirus (CoV) disease 2019 (COVID-19) is defined as an illness caused by a novel CoV first identified amid an outbreak of respiratory illness cases in Wuhan, China. No drugs or biologics have been proven to be effective for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 so far. It is believed that cytokine storms were responsible for many of the deaths during the 1918 influenza pandemic, which killed a disproportionate number of young adults. In this case, a healthy immune system may have been a liability rather than an asset. A cytokine storm is an overreaction of the body's immune system. The elderly and people with underlying diseases are susceptible to infection and prone to serious outcomes, which are associated with acute respiratory distress syndrome and cytokine storm. The present COVID-19 pandemic has long-standing implication in the society more so for the economically backward as this may create nutritional deprivation leading to subsequently poor immune system. There is also a need to build our body capabilities to resist the infections with greater focus on nutritional and lifestyle medicine.

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