Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. Learn more:
COVID-19 | Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, Diagnostics by Ninja Nerd Lectures
Coronaviruses are a group of related viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS and COVID-19.
Facts & Figures COVID-19
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic
- COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Mesmerized
- Coronavirus Disease 2019
- 2019–20 Coronavirus Pandemic
- Swiss Federal Office Of Public Health – FOPH
What Happens If You Get IT?
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Origins of (Corona-)Viruses
Coronviruses were first discovered in the 1930s when an acute respiratory infection of domesticated chickens was shown to be caused by infectious bronchitis virus (IBV). In the 1940s, two more animal coronaviruses, mouse hepatitis virus (MHV) and transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV), were isolated.
Human coronaviruses were discovered in the 1960s. The earliest ones studied were from human patients with the common cold, which were later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43. Other human coronaviruses have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012 and SARS-CoV-2 in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections.
The social history of viruses describes the influence of viruses and viral infections on human history. Symptoms in other species vary: in chickens, they cause an upper respiratory tract disease, while in cows and pigs they cause diarrhea. There are yet to be vaccines or antiviral drugs to prevent or treat human coronavirus infections.
Life After This Outbreak
To blog or not to blog? That’s been the eternal question with no universal answer. I decided to blog a little and so, from time to time, you will find new posts in here.
Currently, there are 85 posts and counting...
One Earth | Many Worlds. There's an interactive map in My Destinations showing all the spots of which there's a blog post in this site.