Academician of RAS, Director, scientific-clinical centre for infectious diseases, Yury Lobzin commented on the origin of the coronavirus.

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In an interview with “Parlamentskaya Gazeta” the academician noted that the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the same group of pathogenicity belong to SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV.

“Presumably it is the recombination of coronavirus bats and some unknown origin, coronavirus. Genetic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 is similar to the sequence of the pathogen of SARS is approximately 80%. These new mutations have made the virus more contagious and dangerous to health. This led to wide spread of a new coronavirus on the planet, because humanity ran into him recently and collective immunity is still no one in the region”, — said Yuriy Lobzin.

He also recalled that, in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of health hospitalization to be only patients with body temperature above 38 °C, the breathing rate of less than 22 per minute, a blood oxygen saturation less than 93%, and in children less than 95%.

Earlier, the chief researcher of the Institute of epidemiology and Microbiology named after N. F. Gamalei virologist Viktor Zuyev in an interview with Nation News evaluated the forecast for the end of the epidemic coronavirus infection COVID-19 in Russia.