What is Corona virus 2019?
Coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that causes acute respiratory infections in humans and shows a human-to-human spread. The virus was identified in an outbreak investigation originating from a large market specializing in seafood and animal sales in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. 2019-nCoV is a new virus that has not been previously identified. In addition to this newly discovered strain of coronavirus, there are six other strains of coronavirus known today capable of infecting humans.
Where does corona virus 2019 come from?
Health agencies and health partners are working hard to identify the origin of 2019-nCoV. The corona virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS and SAR, all derived from host species from bats. The corona virus is a large family of viruses, common in many different animals including camels, cats and bats. Genetic analysis of this virus is underway to determine the specific origin of the virus. SARS, another coronavirus that appears to infect humans, originates in civets, while MERS, another coronavirus that infects humans, originates in camels.
What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)