Coronavirus – About Coronaviruses
Coronavirus: Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds.
Other causes of Coronaviruses
In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.
How Coronaviruses Affect Animals?
Symptoms in other animals vary. Coronaviruses cause an upper respiratory tract disease in chickens. They cause diarrhea in cows and pigs.
Coronavirus Vaccine and Antiviral Drugs
Coronaviruses are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections, as on 22nd March 2020.
Why is it called “Coronavirus”?
The name Coronavirus is derived from the Latin word “corona”, meaning “crown” or “halo”, which refers to the characteristic appearance reminiscent of a crown or a solar corona around the virions (virus particles) when viewed under two-dimensional transmission electron microscopy, due to the surface covering in club-shaped protein spikes.
Categorization of Coronavirus under Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
Organisms > Viruses > Vertebrate Viruses > RNA Viruses > Nidovirales > Coronaviridae > Coronavirus
Diseases > Virus Diseases > RNA Virus Infections > Nidovirales Infections > Coronaviridae Infections > Coronavirus Infections
Geographic Locations > Asia > Far East > China
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