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When were the first human #coronaviruses (CoVs) discovered and studied?

How were these viruses associated with human #disease?

It's time to learn our history about human CoVs, and the scientists and volunteers that allowed us to identify this new group of viruses.

Mid-sixties: HCoV-229E and HCoV-OC43 were identified.
1. Hamre et al. (1966)
2. McIntosh et al. (1967)
3. Tyrrell et al. (1965).

Image: Tyrrell et al. (1965).
Healthy HUMAN volunteers were infected to demonstrate that 229E and OC43 resulted in a common cold.

1. Bradburne et al. (1967, 1972)
2. Hamre et al. (1966)

Image: Bradburne et al. (1967)
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New preprint out. We investigated whether we could detect evidence for genetic recombination in #SARSCoV2, and found none to date. We used (slightly tweaked) standard statistical genetics methods, extensive simulations and a validation in #MERSCoV.
Recombination in #SARSCoV2 has been largely overlooked to date. Recombination-mediated rearrangement of variants that arose independently can be of major evolutionary importance. The absence of recombination is also a key assumption behind any phylogenetic inference.
It is often assumed that coronaviruses recombine readily between and within 'species lineages'. We previously found no evidence for recombination between different coronaviruses. #SARSCoV2 in particular doesn't look like a recombinant.
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Very interesting and informative! Moscow Participant explains need for registration for Phase III trial and large & scale manufacturing & said the vaccine is not supposed to be offered till 2021!!
Apparently the Russians have been working on the #MERSCoV vaccine and used the same platform for #COVID19 - sounds reasonable to me?!
So, much Western envy about nothing?! #RussianVaccine
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#Crisanti: «Chi parla (come #Remuzzi) dell’ infettività di questo virus non sa quello che dice, perché l’infettività si misura sperimentalmente, e sull’uomo non è possibile fare nessun esperimento,non esiste modello animale. Senza numeri e misura non è scienza, ma chiacchiere."
#Cristanti: "Siccome non è possibile fare sperimentazioni di infettività sull’uomo, nessuno sa qual è la dose infettiva del virus = non c’è nulla da commentare: non si può commentare con un argomento scientifico una cosa che non è Scienza». Asfaltato #Remuzzi.
A un certo momento escono fuori le persone di 2. e 3. piano, quelli che sul campo specifico (virologia e epidemiologia) non hanno un nome nella "scientific comunity" che fa ricerca e pubblica (peer reviewed) ma si vogliono anche ritagliare un po' di attenzione pubblica, poverini.
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Impressive work by Pérez and Montagnier. Insertions of HIV in both #SARSCoV2 and #RaTG13CoV , absent in #SARSCoV and #MERSCoV Also probabilistic signs of synthetic RNA sequences. How explain this?
And in this paper by Zheng-Li Shi, an experiment with pseudoHIV viruses was made.
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If anyone wants to investigate for themselves, here are all of the similar sequences to #SARSCoV2, #SARSCoV1, and #DISEASEXXX, a dog coronavirus. Note that #MERSCoV is ~64% similar to SARS-COV-2 and SARS-CoV2 is 80% similar to SARS-CoV-1.

These were download from @NIH #GenBank.
#SARSCoV1 ALIGN NCBI Blast_NC_004718_SARS coronavirus, complete genome…
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A #thread on the origin of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome #coronavirus-2 #SARSCoV2, the #virus causing #COVID19. SARS-CoV-2 was identified early January 2020; genetic sequence shared publicly on 11 January. #scicomm [image 감사합니다 @IBS_media] @Virologist_11 @dirgarambe
Full genetic sequence of #SARSCoV2 from early human cases & sequences of other virus isolated from human cases from China & all over the world since then show that SARS-CoV-2 has an ecological origin in #bats.
All available evidence to date suggests that #SARSCoV2 #coronavirus has a natural animal origin and is not a manipulated or constructed virus.…
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There is no proven effective antiviral drug for the treatment of #SARSCoV2

Several compounds are suggested for Rx of #COVID19. Based on the available in vitro and clinical data, which one is your preferred Rx, if available? #MayoIDQ references follow...

Several potential mechanisms: change in cell membrane pH, impairs viral fusion, interferes with glycosylation of viral proteins

#chloroquine and #redemsivir are active against SARS-COV2 in experimental models…
- Analogue of chloroquine
- Anti inflammatory effect

Hydroxychloroquine was more potent than chloroquine against #SARS-CoV2 in vitro.…
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Corona virus hakkında detaylı floodumuz başlıyor. Bugün ülkenin en önemli gündemi olması sebebiyle konu dışına çıktık ve Corona (SARS-CoV-2) ile ilgili detaylı bir tarama sonucu bu floodu hazırladık. İlerleyen günlerde güncel gelişmeleri de bu flooda ekleyeceğiz.
Flood içerisinde faydalandığımız akademik kaynakları da ekleyeceğiz. Dileyen kullanıcılarımız ileri okuma için kaynak linklerine tıklayarak kaynaklara ulaşabilirler. Herkese iyi okumalar dileriz.
Öncelikle, sürekli konuşulan bu Corona (korona) virüsü nedir? Tam olarak nasıl bir virüs ile karşı karşıyayız onu ele alalım. Corona (Korona) virüsü hayvanlar arasında yaygın olan büyük bir virüs grubudur. Nadir durumlarda hayvanlardan insanlara bulaşmaktadır (zoonotik).
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About 60% of newly emerged & re-emerging pathogens share a common origin: #animals. When we cut down the forests where they live, they roost in our backyards & farms instead. #OneHealth @dirgarambe @mdkimhsdubai @Virologist_11
@dirgarambe @mdkimhsdubai @Virologist_11 #Marburg #virus 1970s-80s: cases in #SouthAfrica & #Kenya. 1998: 2nd biggest outbreak - 154 cases in the #DRCongo. 2005: biggest outbreak - #Angola with 374 cases with 329 deaths (fatality rate: 88%). 2017: outbreak in #Uganda contained through early detection & response.
@dirgarambe @mdkimhsdubai @Virologist_11 #Ebola #virus 2014–16: #outbreak started in #Guinea & moved to #SierraLeone #Liberia - largest since the virus was first discovered in 1976. Current 2018-19 outbreak in eastern #DRCongo (#Zaire species) - highly complex, with insecurity adversely affecting #publichealth response.
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There is an urgent need to generate effective vaccine against #SARSCoV2. This is such an important topic, and many agencies/labs/companies are working on it. I want to open up this discussion here. Let's unite towards this goal.

Pls RT, chime in with your insights/thoughts.

Learning from previous #CoV studies, what is likely to be the correlate of protection? What vaccine approaches generate best neutralizing antibody (Ab)? How quickly does #CoV generally mutate away from Ab-mediated recognition?

What would be a good preclinical model to test vaccine efficacy against #CoV? How well do antibodies to previous #CoVs cross-react against other members including #SARSCoV1, #MERSCoV and #SARSCoV2?

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