SARS Reference

Seventeen years ago, in the middle of the outbreak, we decided to write a short medical text about the ongoing SARS drama, presenting the scientific data and providing real-time updates. After publishing three editions in 6 months, a scientific magazine concluded that our SARS Reference ( was “not fancy”, but presented “plenty of information”. It should come as no surprise that ever since we became aware of the new coronavirus epidemic in mid-January 2020, we have been tempted by repeating our 2003 exercise with a Covid-19 manual. Here we are.