A group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds
In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections which are typically mild including the common cold but rarer forms like SARS and MERS can be lethal
What is Coronavirus? / Facts
- In cows and pigs they may cause diarrhea, while in chickens they can cause an upper respiratory disease
- There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment (as of Jan 2020)
- Coronaviruses are viruses in the subfamily Orthocoronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales
- Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome and with a nucleocapsid of helical symmetry
- The genomic size of coronaviruses ranges from approximately 26 to 32 kilobases, the largest for an RNA virus
- Name - "coronavirus" is derived from the Latin corona, meaning crown or halo, which refers to the characteristic appearance of the virus particles (virions): they have a fringe reminiscent of a royal crown or of the solar corona
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Last update: 30 January 2020
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