The mean incubation period is 2-14 days, and the basic reproduction number is 2.24-3.58.
COVID-19 infection should be diagnosed clinically with typical respiratory syndromes coupled with recent exposure.
Chest computerized tomography (CT) could facilitate early diagnosis.
Public health measures, such as isolation, quarantine, social distancing and community containment, can curb COVID-19.
Clinical trials assessing antivirals, chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, glucocorticoids, convalescent plasma transfusion against COVID-19.
In December 2019, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China spread worldwide, becoming an emergency of major international concern. SARS-CoV-2 infection causes clusters of severe respiratory illness similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus. Human-to-human transmission via droplets, contaminated hands or surfaces has been described, with incubation times of 2-14 days. Early diagnosis, quarantine, and supportive treatments are essential to cure patients. This paper reviews the literature on all available information about the epidemiology, diagnosis, isolation and treatments of COVID-19. Treatments, including antiviral agents, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, corticosteroids, antibodies, convalescent plasma transfusion and vaccines, are discussed in this article. In addition, registered trials investigating treatment options for COVID-19 infection are listed.