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Coronavirus: The Science Behind the Coronavirus

Get the facts, not the rumors, about the coronavirus and what it means for you.

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The Science Behind the Coronavirus

What kind of virus is the coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a group of common viruses named for the spikes that crown the surface of the virus. Some coronaviruses are only found in animals, while others can be transmitted from animals to humans. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus is believed to be initally passed from animals to humans, but is now transmitting human-to-human. Source:

For a more in-depth explanation of coronaviruses, see: Coronaviruses by Milstein, Randall L., Ph.D., Magill’s Medical Guide (Online Edition), 2019

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This is a molecular illustration of a 2019 novel Coronavirus comparative model. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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This is a 3D medical illustration of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, derived from a CDC released image. It explains the ultrastructural morphology. This virus has four surface proteins E,S,M & HE labelled in the image. The S protein gives the crown-like appearance, for which the virus is named. The cross-section shows the inner components of the virus. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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The coronavirus replication cycle. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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