New Decade, New Virus

Virologist Ebenezer Tumban studies infectious diseases. In this guest blog, he offers insight on starting a new decade with a brand-new coronavirus.

Within the last two decades, the world has experienced two coronavirus outbreaks/epidemics: the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) epidemic in 2002 and the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) epidemic in 2012. SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV epidemics started in Guangdong province (China) and in Saudi Arabia, respectively. Both viruses are transmitted through aerosols and are associated with flu-like symptoms like fever, chills or cough, as well as respiratory distress and, in some cases, pneumonia.

About the Researcher

/Public Release. This material from the originating organization/author(s) might be of the point-in-time nature, and edited for clarity, style and length. Mirage.News does not take institutional positions or sides, and all views, positions, and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the author(s).View in full here.