SARS, MERS, COVID - Differences at a glance

Key Features

The table below outlines the key features of each of these coronaviruses which can all result in severe respiratory disease and death.

The table is adapted from this paper by Eakachai Prompetchara, Chutitorn Ketloy and Tanapat Palaga in order to provide up-to-date COVID data.

Differences in case numbers and mortality

The key differences in case numbers and deaths are demonstrated by Eakachai Prompetchara, Chutitorn Ketloy and Tanapat Palaga in this figure.

References:

Prompetchara E, Ketloy C and Palaga T. Immune responses in COVID-19 and potential vaccines: Lessons learned from SARS and MERS epidemic. Asian Pac J Allergy Immunol. 2020 Mar;38(1):1-9. doi: 10.12932/AP-200220-0772. [Accessed 25.3.20]

This page was written by Dr Rachel Coles, Paediatric Trainee, on 25th March 2020.

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