Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

: 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2--3

Coronavirus- (COVID-19) - Formal assessment and overview

Anand Kumar1, Nirma Yadav2,  
1 Department of Dental Surgery, MLN Medical College, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Periodontics, Ahmedabad Dental College and Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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Anand Kumar
Department of Dental Surgery, MLN Medical College, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh

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Kumar A, Yadav N. Coronavirus- (COVID-19) - Formal assessment and overview.Saint Int Dent J 2020;4:2-3

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Coronavirus (CoV) (2019) belongs from family betacoronavirus (Subfamily-Orthocoronavirinae) well known as COVID-19 and nCOVID19 (n Stands for NOVEL means new), so the name given nCOVID-19 (novel coronavirus 19) is an epidemic infectious disease first reported in Wuhan (Central China Hubei Province) probably from Wet Market China. It has now spread in 199 countries and territories. The most affected countries by this epidemic infectious disease are China, Italy, America, Spain, Iran, France, Germany, South Korea, India, etc., Structure of nCOVs-19 is crown-like appearance, composed of several proteins spike, nucleocapsid envelope (Spike Glycoprotein) encasing positive-sense single-stranded RNA (Genome) and VIRIONS (Viruses). It is the largest known RNA virus with + ssRNA-30 kb in length (5' Cap Structure and 3' Tail Structure). The Diameter of Coronavirus is 15–200 nm, and nCOVs-19 is approximately 60–140 nm. The spike protein is located on the surface of the virus and forms a rod-like structure. Coronavirus replicate locally in cells of ciliated epithelium, causing cell damage and inflammation. Diagnostic antigen. Structure[1] of Corona-Virus (4 Proteins) Includes–

Envelope proteinSpike proteinMembrane proteinNucleocapsid protein/RNAHemagglutinin esterase dimer.

Coronavirus has two divisions[2]–

Group based on serologyGroup based on phylogenetic clustering.


Alpha CoVBeta CoV-Divides in 5 Genere or lineageDelta CoVGamma CoV.


BatsHumansCivets (intermediate source)Cattle and catsBamboo rats and badgers.

Probably, it is known that Bats and Rodents are Gene Source of alpha and beta coronavirus.

Human CoV (HCoV) from family alpha and beta CoVs from sub family CoronaVirinae (3) are[3],[4]

Alpha CoVs

HCoV-229EHCoV-NL 63.

Beta CoVs



Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)-CoV (2003)SARS-CoV 2 (2019)/nCoV-19/COVID-29Middle east respiratory syndrome (MERS)-CoV (B and C Lineage).

SARS-CoVs2 name was given by the International Committee of Taxonomy of Virus, and NCoV-19 belongs to Beta Group A lineage was given by the World Health Organization.

The transmission of Corona Virus occurs by Replication-Transcription Complex and known route of communication is-

Animal to humanHuman to humanSymptomatic people (most frequent source)Transmit through coughing or sneezing (respiratory droplets)Aerosol transmission is also possible in closed spaces.

Binds and entered through endocytosis and membrane fusion, then release of nCoV genome. Transmit viral RNA in the form of Polyprotein 1a/1ab (PP1a/PP1b) in the host. Two processes occur, i.e., Genomic RNA replication and sgRNA transcription. S, E and M proteins combine with nucleocapsid and hence CoV enters in golgi vesicles. Assemble of mature virion and exocytosis.


Viral culture gold standardReverse transcriptase polymerase chain reactionRespiratory material (nasopharyngeal and oro-pharyngeal swab)Serum for serological testingPneumococcal antigen detection.

Associated disease (syndrome)


Possible treatment (till date nothing has been postulated)–


Influenza vaccine to uninfected patientsConvalescent plasma to infected COVID-19 patientsWashing hand for 20 sSelf-isolation for 7 days (active) and 14 days (passive)Wear N-95 maskSocial distancing upto 6 feet.

Phase II

Solutions used to inactive nCoV-19 areChlorhexidine gluconate75% alcoholChlorine containing disinfectantsPeracetic acidChloroform and other lipid solvents.

Phase III (for hospitalized patients)

For severe cases maintain oxygen therapyFluid therapy and steam inhalationCorrect temperature.


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