SARS-CoV-2 the novel coronavirus of COVID-19

Coronaviruses, named for the crown-like spikes on their surface were first identified in the mid-1960s. Seven coronaviruses can infect people:

4 Common human coronaviruses

229E (alpha coronavirus); NL63 (alpha coronavirus); OC43 (beta coronavirus); HKU1 (beta coronavirus)

3 Other human coronaviruses
  1. MERS-CoV (beta coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS)
  2. SARS-CoV (beta coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS)
  3. SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus of COVID-19)


COVID-19 Overview
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LITFL Resources
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Consensus Statements by Professional Bodies


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