What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
What is a novel coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus (CoV) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans.
What is 2019 novel coronavirus?
An outbreak of a novel Coronavirus causing severe acute respiratory illness has been reported in Wuhan, China since December 21, 2019. This virus has not been previously identified and so, since it is new, there is still little known about it including its origin. There has been human to human transmission among cases both in and outside of Wuhan City, China. The virus belongs in the same family of coronaviruses as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 800 people globally during a 2002/03 outbreak that also started in China. This coronavirus is called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) or COVID-19.