24 11 / 2012

The above is an image of Coronavirus. Coronavirus takes its name from the latin word ‘corona’, which means crown, because of its characteristic crown-shaped exterior. It is both an enveloped and positive ssRNA virus. In 2002, a novel coronavirus emerged in China that caused SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome) and subsequently killed approximately 10% of the 8000 people it infected globally. Recently, a new coronavirus has surfaced again, infecting 6 people so far - this time in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Symptoms share some similarity with SARS and include coughing, fever and breathing difficulties. The World Health Organization are currently working to understand the origin, epidemiology and relatedness of these viruses whilst encouraging increased surveillance.

The above is an image of Coronavirus. Coronavirus takes its name from the latin word ‘corona’, which means crown, because of its characteristic crown-shaped exterior. It is both an enveloped and positive ssRNA virus. In 2002, a novel coronavirus emerged in China that caused SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome) and subsequently killed approximately 10% of the 8000 people it infected globally. Recently, a new coronavirus has surfaced again, infecting 6 people so far - this time in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Symptoms share some similarity with SARS and include coughing, fever and breathing difficulties. The World Health Organization are currently working to understand the origin, epidemiology and relatedness of these viruses whilst encouraging increased surveillance.

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