Review and Progress

Is the Novel Coronavirus a Super Virus?  

Jie Zhang1
Cuixi Biotechnology Institute, Zhuji, 311800, China
Author    Correspondence author
Molecular Pathogens, 2023, Vol. 14, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/mp.2023.14.0001
Received: 01 Jun., 2023    Accepted: 08 Jun., 2023    Published: 15 Jun., 2023
© 2023 BioPublisher Publishing Platform
This is an open access article published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Preferred citation for this article:

Zhang J., 2023, Is the Novel coronavirus a super virus?, Molecular Pathogens, 14(1): 1-9 (doi: 10.5376/mp.2023.14.0001)


This study examines whether the novel coronavirus COVID-19 can be defined as a super virus. Through analysis of the characteristics, transmission pathways, and global prevalence of COVID-19, as well as comparisons with known super viruses, we find that COVID-19 exhibits certain features of a super virus, such as high transmissibility, global spread, and significant impacts on public health and the economy. However, due to the ambiguity and lack of consensus in the definition of a super virus, and the ongoing research and understanding of COVID-19, it is currently uncertain to categorize it definitively as a super virus. This study emphasizes the complexity of the debate and the importance of further research. To accurately assess whether COVID-19 meets the criteria of a super virus, more scientific research and data collection are needed, along with enhanced international cooperation and information sharing. Additionally, strengthening efforts in global epidemic prevention and control, including vaccination, public health measures, and health education, is crucial for addressing COVID-19 and future outbreaks. Through continuous research and collaborative efforts, we will be better equipped to confront future pandemic threats and safeguard the health and well-being of the global population.

COVID-19; Super virus; Characteristics; Global prevalence; Scientific research
[Full-Text PDF] [Full-Text HTML]
Molecular Pathogens
• Volume 14
View Options
. PDF(164KB)