Investigating an emerging virus during a sudden pandemic outbreak

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At the time of writing, in July 2020, the recently emerging SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has attracted major attention to viral diseases, in particular coronaviruses. In spite of alarming molecular evidence, documentation of interspecies transmission in livestock, and the emergence of two new and relatively virulent human coronaviruses within a 10-year period, many gaps remain in the study and understanding of this family of viruses. This paper provides an overview of our knowledge regarding the coronavirus family, while highlighting their key biological properties in the context of our overall understanding of viral diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0023
JournalRambam Maimonides Medical Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 31 Jul 2020

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© 2020 Ronit Sarid.


  • Coronavirus
  • Coronavirus disease 2019
  • Human coronavirus
  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome


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