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Unguided research and noncompliance may have intensified the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Farid Rahimi,
  • Amin Talebi Bezmin Abadi
Farid Rahimi
The Australian National University
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Amin Talebi Bezmin Abadi
Tarbiat Modares University
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Abstract

In February 2020, WHO officially named the novel coronavirus disease as the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and on March 11, proclaimed it a pandemic. The daily increasing number of cases infected with COVID-19 has distressed people and alarmed health authorities worldwide. While no prophylactic vaccine or effective drug for COVID 19 exists, the pandemic is mainly managed by avoidance strategies. We posit that two factors may have accelerated the propagation of the pandemic. First, undertaking unguided research may have negatively influenced the intervention measures against the pandemic. Second, noncompliance with timely in-house isolation of infected cases has undoubtedly worsened the pandemic. Successful management of the pandemic highly depends on the cumulative knowledge about the virus.