COVID-19 - SARS-CoV-2 - New coronavirus products for diagnostic and research
A new coronavirus (Covid-19 / 2019-nCoV) close to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Virus (MERS) was discovered in early January in the city of Wuhan, China.
The symptoms of this new coronavirus infection are similar to those of seasonal flu, SARS or MERS. Transmission and incubation time also appear to be similar to other coronaviruses. Coronavirus Covid-19 (2019-nCoV) appears to be slightly more contagious than seasonal influenza virus and its infection is slightly more severe for susceptible individuals.
For much of their known history, the coronaviruses were regarded as relatively benign pathogens with little potential to cause human harm. However, the emergence of SARS and MERS in recent decades has brought coronaviruses into the global spotlight and they are now included on the World Health Organization's List of Blueprint Priority Diseases.