SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

A new virus and associated respiratory disease

SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus responsible for an outbreak of respiratory illness known as COVID-19, which has spread to several countries around the world. As a leading research publisher, Springer Nature is committed to supporting the global response to emerging outbreaks by enabling fast and direct access to the latest available research, evidence, and data.

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  • Characteristics of pediatric SARS-CoV-2 infection and potential evidence for persistent fecal viral shedding

    Nature Medicine

  • Breadth of concomitant immune responses prior to patient recovery: a case report of non-severe COVID-19

    Nature Medicine

  • Q&A: The novel coronavirus outbreak causing COVID-19

    BMC Medicine

  • The species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus: classifying 2019-nCoV and naming it SARS-CoV-2

    Nature Microbiology

  • Functional assessment of cell entry and receptor usage for SARS-CoV-2 and other lineage B betacoronaviruses

    Nature Microbiology

  • Network-based drug repurposing for novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV/SARS-CoV-2


    Cell Discovery volume

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    Nano – a Nature Research Solution has several manually extracted nanomaterial summaries in addition to thousands of freely available patents and article links on the interaction, diagnostics and therapeutic effects of nanomaterials on coronavirus. This nanotechnology solution offers key and pertinent information that could be indispensable towards the development of a cure.

  • Springer Nature Experiments

    Springer Nature Experiments covers over 160 well established protocols and methods for identifying & detecting coronavirus, protocols on designing the vaccine for the epidemic, understanding the ultrastructure of viruses to design new drugs. Together, the platform provides a relevant and much needed information to contain the epidemic.

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    This thematic series published in Virology Journal emphasizes advances and key discoveries in the animal origin, viral evolution, epidemiology, diagnostics and pathogenesis of different emerging and re-emerging coronaviruses. 

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    This collection in BMC Medicine is seeking submissions on all aspects of outbreak preparedness and response, covering a wide range of infectious diseases including the most recent COVID-19.

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    This thematic series published in Virology Journal emphasizes advances and key discoveries in the animal origin, viral evolution, epidemiology, diagnostics and pathogenesis of different emerging and re-emerging coronaviruses.

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