Coronaviruses are common animal and human viruses.
Coronaviruses were first discovered in poultry in the 1930s.
Coronaviruses cause a range of neurologic, respiratory, liver, and gastrointestinal diseases in animals.
A “novel” coronavirus means that it is a new coronavirus and it has not been previously identified in humans. It also means that it is different from old coronaviruses that caused SARS in 2002 and MERS in 2012.
‘CO’ stands for Corona,
‘VI’ stands for Virus,
‘D’ stands for Disease
‘19’ stands for Year 2019
The following 7 coronaviruses are known to cause disease in humans.
Common human coronaviruses:
These 4 human coronaviruses cause symptoms of “common cold.”
Other human coronaviruses
These 3 human coronaviruses cause serious lung infections, like pneumonia.