What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of zoonotic viruses with human and multiple animal hosts(1). This include migratory wild birds (1). Bats are believed to be host of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) viruses (2,3,4) and the virus can pass through intermediary hosts such as horses, pigs, civets and primates (3,5).
What illness do coronaviruses cause in humans?
Coronaviruses cause upper respiratory infections in humans and is thought to be passed from person to person via aerosols i.e. in breath (2). That is why respiratory masks are believed to be an effective form of protection from the disease.
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