About coronavirus (COVID-19)

About coronavirus (COVID-19)

About coronavirus (COVID-19)

Think of all the different names used to identify the virus causing our current global pandemic.

The small reemergence of SARS in late 2003 after the resumption of the wildlife market in southern China and the recent discovery of a very similar virus in horseshoe bats, bat SARS-CoV, suggested that SARS can return if conditions are fit for the introduction, mutation, amplification, and transmission of this unsafe virus. For others, especially people who are elderly or have compromised immune systems, COVID-19 is life-threatening. However, contrary to their usage, these words aren't all equal in formal definition.

Using a facemask is only effective if you are working with someone known to have COVID-19 or if you are sneezing and coughing and are trying to protect others.

The term "coronavirus" doesn't actually identify the specific virus that's now plaguing our planet. The first known severe illness caused by a coronavirus emerged with the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in China.

MERS is caused by a class of coronavirus similar to the virus that causes COVID-19. The "novel coronavirus" refers to the specific coronavirus plaguing our world today.

How is COVID-19 spread?

There are many more COVID-19 vaccine candidates in development. This distinction is similar to that between HIV and AIDS. They belong to a family of viruses that can cause diseases of varying severity.

COVID-19 is an abbreviation of the term "coronavirus disease 2019".

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Number of COVID-19 circumstances in comparison to recoveries.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are identical to those of the flu or common cold. So if after 14 days the symptoms are not apparent, then they probably will not manifest. If the pathogenic strain is also circulating in the animals from whom we contracted it, then there is a chance of re-transmission.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

It's important to remember that the majority of people who get COVID-19 will only have mild to moderate symptoms, health experts say.

This conclusion is supported by the general molecular structure of SARS-CoV-2.

Researchers have reported the X-ray crystallography structure of the SARS-CoV-2 main protease - one of the best characterized drug targets among coronaviruses, according to a new study published Friday in the journal Science. The team reports that there is no evidence of the novel virus having been produced in a laboratory or otherwise artificially engineered. The stability of SARS-CoV-2 in aerosols and on surfaces likely contributes to transmission of the virus in health care settings, according to the NIH. Andersen and collaborators at several other research institutions used this sequencing data to explore the origins and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 by focusing in on several tell-tale features of the virus.

The novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that emerged in the city of Wuhan, China, previous year and has since caused a large scale COVID-19 epidemic and spread to more than 70 other countries is the product of natural evolution, according to findings published yesterday (March 17, 2020) in the journal Nature Medicine. But the World Health Organization maintains the names they've elected to use do not intend to replace the official name of the virus granted by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV).

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