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Coronavirus: What is it? Why should you care?

What is coronavirus? It’s a virus that causes respiratory illness. The coronavirus was first discovered in 2012 when it killed 23 people and infected 8 more in Saudi Arabia, according to the World Health Organization. And with no vaccine on the horizon, there’s little hope of stopping this deadly virus from getting worse.

In this blog post, we will discuss what coronavirus is and why you should care about it!

The coronavirus is a virus that causes respiratory illness. The coronavirus was first discovered in 2012 when it killed 23 people and infected eight more in Saudi Arabia, according to the World Health Organization. And with no vaccine on the horizon, there’s little hope of stopping this deadly virus from getting worse.

Coronaviruses are named based on their appearance under an electron microscope–they look like crowns (hence “corona”). There are many different coronaviruses; they can cause SARS or MERS-like illnesses, for example. Coronovirus may not be as well known as other viruses because its name isn’t flashy — but it should start being recognized soon!

What does coronavirus do?

The coronavirus is a virus that causes respiratory illness. It’s usually transmitted from one person to another through droplets in the air or contact with bodily fluids, such as saliva and nasal secretions. The disease can also be spread by animals like cats, dogs, and bats; it’s not passed from humans to humans very easily.

What are symptoms of coronavirus?

People who contract coronavirus may get fever and coughs–lots of them! They might have trouble breathing too. Because these viruses affect the lungs more than other organs (unlike influenza) they’re often called “the flu gone wrong.” And for people whose immune systems don’t work properly–due to diabetes or HIV, for example–these viruses can be really serious.

What’s the treatment? The coronavirus doesn’t respond to antibiotics, so doctors don’t prescribe them. But there are antiviral medications that people with weakened immune systems should take and plenty of rest is key!

If you think you might have coronavirus or if someone in your family has been diagnosed, wash your hands often! And avoid touching your mouth and nose because these viruses spread through droplets from those areas as well as contact with bodily fluids like saliva and nasal secretions. You may also want to stay away from cats, dogs, bats (because they carry the virus too), or other humans until we know more about how it spreads since you never know who else may be carrying it.

What’s the difference between coronavirus and SARS? A coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness in humans, animals, or even plants (like strawberries). It can take on several forms like pneumonia, bronchitis, or sometimes a combination. In this case, people get sick with symptoms like coughs and trouble breathing because their airways swell up from the infection.

Contrastingly to coronaviruses which are typically milder than other more severe types of viruses – such as the one-time death sentence for those infected with SARS – there have been reports of some patients who develop an acute form where they need intensive care treatment; but these cases are rare!