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coronavirus infections

Sunday 29 March 2020

COVID ; coronavirus respiratory syndrome, coronavirus pneumonia, coronavirus flu ; coronavirus disease


Definition : A coronavirus disease (COVID) is a disease caused by members of the coronavirus (CoV) family.

It may refer to:
- severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) : a disease caused by SARS-CoV, first occurred in a 2002–2004 outbreak
- middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) : a disease caused by MERS-CoV, first occurred in a 2012–2014 outbreak, and since then, recurring
- coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) : a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, first occurred in a 2019 outbreak; currently considered as an active pandemic in 2019 and 2020

Open references

- Molecular pathology of emerging coronavirus infections. Gralinski LE, Baric RS. J Pathol. 2015 Jan;235(2):185-95. doi : 10.1002/path.4454 PMID: 25270030 Free