Coronavirus Outbreak Updates

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to severe diseases, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

According to a BMJ article published on April 16, 2020, the first description of human coronavirus was published in the BMJ during 1965.

The best-known human coronaviruses are Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) and the newly classified Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-2 (SARS-CoV-2).

During December 2019, China's CDC reported a novel coronavirus as the causative agent of a new disease outbreak, in the SARS-CoV clade. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, both of which have their origins in bats.

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is associated with the disease now referred to as COVID-19.

Currently, there are no FDA approved antiviral medications to treat COVID-19 cases or vaccines to prevent an infection from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, says the CDC.

Coronavirus Vaccine Candidates

The US FDA has not approved a preventive vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 infections in the USA. Vaccine candidates conducting humans clinical studies can be found at Precision 

Coronavirus Treatments

The US FDA has not approved therapeutic medications related to the COVID-19. Treatment news can be found at Coronavirus Today.

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Coronavirus publishes fact-checked news regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and related SARS-CoV-2 preventive vaccine developments. Content sources include the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, clinical research, and the Precision news network. Fact-Checked by Dr. Robert Carlson, Kelley K LuHolly Hawbaker, Danielle Reiter RN, and other medical professionals.