Several studies showed that all cases originated from a previously unknown virus, initially named “2019-nCoV”. „n“ stands for novel, which means this „new“ Coronavirus had not been detected before. The WHO has now named it SARS-CoV-2 and the disease is called Covid-19.
In this article I will take a brief look about what is currently known about the virus and the disease. Please keep in mind that, because this is a new virus, all information presented today is rather preliminary and in the future additional (or even contradictory) findings will complete the clinical and biological picture on SARS-CoV-2.
What do we know about the virus?
Coronaviruses are a large group of genetically related viruses. They were first discovered in the mid 1960s. The viruses can infect humans as well as…