What exactly are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are family of viruses that can infect humans and animals. The first human coronavirus popped up in the mid -1960s. To date, there are seven (7) coronaviruses that can affect people.
The newest (2019) coronavirus (aka COVID-19) was first detected in China in late December 2019.
You may also hear the virus referred to as “Novel Coronavirus” because:
- NOVEL = NEW (never seen before)
- CORONA = CROWN (named for the crown-like spikes on the virus)
Other coronaviruses you may have heard of include:
- SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), and
- MER (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome)
Where did COVID-19 come from?
Experts believe the newest coronavirus probably began in am animal in China. So while the exact sources is still unknown, researchers are fairly certain the virus was spread from animas to humans.
Who is at risk for infection?
- Anyone of any age, race, or gender
- Average age of confirmed cases is 56 years old
- Older adults with medical conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hear disease or lung disease
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