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Diagnosis of COVID-19. What have we learned after two years of the pandemic?

Jun 15, 2023 | Magazine: Advances in Laboratory Medicine

Melania Iñigo  1 , Gabriel Reina  2   3   4 , José Luís Del Pozo  4   5

A public health crisis has been threatening the world since the new 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerged and began to spread in late 2019.

As of April 10, 2022, more than 496 million confirmed cases and more than 6 million deaths had been reported in the six WHO regions. However, the total impact of the pandemic has been far greater than reported deaths indicate.

Although reported deaths from COVID-19 between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021, were 5.94 million worldwide, a recent work estimates that 18.2 million people actually died worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic (measured by excess mortality during that period) [1].

CITATION  Adv Lab Med. 2022 Jun 15;3(2):97-102.  doi: 10.1515/almed-2022-0041. eCollection 2022 Jun