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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 – Full Definition

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 - Full Definition

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 – Full Definition
Definition of
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
Define Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), formerly known as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), is a positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus. It is contagious among humans and is the cause of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). There is no vaccine.

SARS-CoV-2 has strong genetic similarity to known bat coronaviruses, making a zoonotic origin in bats likely, although an intermediate reservoir such as a pangolin is thought to be involved. From a taxonomic perspective SARS-CoV-2 is classified as a strain of the species severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus.

SARS-CoV-2 is the cause of the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern that originated in Wuhan, China. Because of this connection, the virus is sometimes referred to informally, among other nicknames, as the “Wuhan coronavirus”.


Synonyms
Coronavirus, SARS | Coronavirus, SARS-Associated | Coronavirus, SARS-Related | Coronavirus, Urbani SARS-Associated | SARS Associated Coronavirus | SARS Coronavirus | 
SARS Related Coronavirus | SARS-Associated Coronavirus | SARS-Associated Coronavirus, Urbani | SARS-CoV | SARS-Related Coronavirus | Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Virus | Urbani SARS Associated Coronavirus | Urbani SARS-Associated Coronavirus

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