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Enveloped , single stranded RNA viruses.
Corona - crown like structure (as seen in image below)

Causes diseases in mammals like cats, bats, pigs, camels, cows and also in birds.

Almost all of these are eaten in #China
#Coronavirus strains known before latest epidemic :
1.Human coronavirus 229E (HCoV-229E)
2.Human coronavirus OC43 (HCoV-OC43)
4.Human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV-NL63, New Haven coronavirus)
5.Human coronavirus HKU1
6. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
The new strain of #coronavirus is named -
#NovelCoronavirus (2019-nCoV),
a.k.a #WuhanPneumonia or #WuhanCoronavirus.

This new strain though initially spread from animals to humans, now the human to human transmission is suspected by chinese authorities.
#coronavirus life cycle summary :
#coronavirus #superspreader #MERS #SARS
Similarity ? How lethal is the new strain?
#coronavirus At risk :
So how lethal is #coronavirus ? Data is being generated.
Till now - total deaths 17, more than 550 infected +
Mortality rate of #coronavirus is around 3% (slow growing virus compared to #SARS & #MERS)
A comparison between #SARS & #MERS (WHO)
Symptoms of #coronavirus are like any other routine flu. Progresses rapidly. No Specific treatment available (Curative drug)
Present #Global #coronavirus spread :
#coronavirus could become as severe as #SARS , #MERS. The virus has already shown mutations & now has started spreading from human-to-human. In crowded places, this might spread rapidly like #H1N1 . The latest development shows #Wuhan public transport being shut down across.
However, with travellers roaming around the globe and cases being detected in #US #Japan #Thailand, this could become a #Pandemic anytime soon.
Image showing all sorts of animals available to be eaten at #Wuhan animal market
#Wuhan animal market :
Animals include #Koalas, #WolfPups, #Civets (live)
#coronavirus #WuhanOutbreak #wuhanvirus raises many questions. To what extent are humans going to cross boundaries again & again? When are we going to stop these practices? You can not eliminate viruses from animals. There is going to be a new strain available next time.
#coronavirus #WuhanOutbreak #WuhanLockDown As a sensible, evolved species, our response should be to minimise these animal - human viral interaction. We already have enough 'Human Viruses' on our plate to deal with. If the story of #HIV isn't waking call enough for us, what is?
This #coronavirus #WuhanOutbreak could spiral out of control any moment. Who's responsible for this? Why do food choices of one person affect health of other person? This is ethical question (human ethics of course, we have neglected animal ethics since long, long ago).
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