For anyone wondering whether "disinfectant injections" to treat coronavirus are around the corner, the answer is absolutely not.
A virus is defined as any of a various number of submicroscopic parasites that can infect any animal, plant or bacteria and often lead to very serious or even deadly diseases. A virus consists of a core of RNA or DNA, generally surrounded by a protein, lipid or glycoprotein coat, or some combination of the three. No virus can replicate without the help of a host cell, and though they can be spread, viruses lack the ability of self-reproduction and are not always considered to be living organisms in the regular sense.Some of the most common or best known viruses include the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is the virus that causes AIDS, the herpes simplex virus, which causes cold sores, smallpox, multiple sclerosis, and the human papilloma virus, now believed to be a leading cause of cervical cancer in adult women. The common human cold is also caused by a virus.Since a great deal of mystery still surrounds the origins of most modern viruses, ways to cure these viruses and the diseases they cause are still in the very early stages of development.
The novel coronavirus may have been spreading in the San Francisco Bay Area well before anyone knew, as a coroner has reported two COVID-19 fatalities there in early February.
Where did SARS-CoV-2 come from? Several ideas have been put forward from natural-borne in bats, an escape from a lab in Wuhan and others. Here's the murky origin story of the novel coronavirus.
Here's why New York is being hit the hardest by the novel coronavirus spreading across the U.S., with more cases and more related deaths per capita than any other state.
Here are links to coronavirus pages from U.S. state and local health departments, where you can get practical information for your locale and the spread of COVID-19.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland has now recorded 161,145 cases of the Coronavirus, making it fifth highest in the world.
The female tiger named Nadia is one of six big cats that appear to have contracted the coronavirus from a zoo caretaker.
Groups of scientists tasked with identifying pandemic-prone microbes like the novel coronavirus were stretched too far and thin.
A domestic cat in Belgium was confirmed to have COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus that's spreading across the globe.
The first infant death related to COVID-19 in the United States has been reported in the Chicago area today (March 28).
Deaths from the new coronavirus in Italy have soared in recent days, with a death rate of 10%. Here's why that rate is so high.
An emergency and critical care physician gives a dispatch from the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Like some other respiratory viruses such as the flu, is there a chance that the new coronavirus will spread less as temperatures increase?
A persistent coronavirus myth that this virus, called SARS-CoV-2, was made by scientists and escaped from a lab in Wuhan is completely unfounded. Here's how we know.
Treatment for COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, might already exist, and researchers are on the hunt to find them.
The doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are putting themselves at unnecessary risk due to the national shortages of protective gear.
Empty, mocked-up shells of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, may help explain how well the virus stands up to heat and whether it will die down as summer approaches.