In December 2019, the Wuhan Municipal Health Committee in Wuhan, China, identified an outbreak of viral pneumonia cases of unknown cause. Coronavirus RNA was quickly detected in some of the affected patients. This novel coronavirus has since been designated SARS-CoV-2, and the disease caused by this virus has been designated COVID-19. This disease quickly spread to locations outside of China and the incidence grew exponentially. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global health emergency and, on March 12, 2020, WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic.
CHIP has assisted with, or initiated, multiple COVID-19 studies:
For more information about the COVID-19 studies in INSIGHT Network, please visit the INSIGHT website.