I bet you think you’ve read everything there is to know about the virus. The amount of information out there regarding COVID-19 is vast; we are here to help you tease out what information is legitimate, valid, and helpful in a sea of articles.
COVID-19, or coronavirus disease 2019, is a disease caused by the coronavirus SARS-2 (SARS-COV-2). This novel zoonotic virus made the leap from an animal (likely a bat) to a human sometime in November 2019 in Wuhan, China
SARS-COV-2 is an RNA virus; once the virus is released into our cells, our own cell machinery begins to copy the viral RNA (instead of our own RNA) and make new viral particles. Eventually the new viral particles are released from our cells, looking for new cells to invade. SARS-COV-2 viral particles look like little balls, with different types of membrane proteins sticking out of its envelope. These membrane proteins play a critical role in the viral replication cycle and are also responsible for the virus’s genus name – coronavirus (corona means “crown” in Latin).
How Does the Virus Replicate in Humans?
What About Different Strains?
Why is Hand Washing the Best Thing to do?
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