Is 2019-nCoV the same as the virus that causes MERS and SARS?

Not. Corona is a large family of viruses, only some are capable of causing disease in humans, the rest exist only in animals, such as camels, cats and bats. 2019-nCoV is not the strain that has caused MERS (derived from camels) and SARS (derived from civets). However, genetic research suggests that 2019-nCoV may have progressed from a strain of the virus associated with the virus that causes SARS. Studies are still underway to find out the origin of 2019-nCoV.

Dr. Nguyen Xuan Hung – Director of Share99 Institute for Applied Research and Regenerative Medicine (VIASRM) translates and synthesizes from sources: CDC, WHO, ECDC.


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