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First discovered in Wuhan, Hubei province of China in December 2019, Covid-19 (2019-nCov) presents itself in humans as a pneumonia-like infection that does not respond to typical treatments. It is theorized that the virus originated from a large seafood and animal market. Since then, there have been thousands more testing positive for 2019-nCov without ever being near said market, confirming person-to-person spread.
Although the strain is new, Coronaviruses have been around since the 1960s. The name "coronavirus" draws its origins from the Latin word corona, meaning crown. This is a reference to the distinguishing, crown-like feature of the virus when viewed under electron microscopy.
Symptoms of a coronavirus infection can include fever, swollen tonsils, dry cough, chest pain, and trouble breathing. The burden of these symptoms along with secondary pneumonia, bronchitis, or other existing conditions are what makes this virus potentially lethal.
In the last 2 decades, there have been 2 other notable outbreaks related to the coronavirus: Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). These strains have claimed the lives of 774 and 851, respectively. It is confirmed that the novel coronavirus has killed more than 200 people since its discovery a month ago. The number continues to climb today.
Organizations like Virus Engine are hard at work developing tools to help the affected population. Special mention needs to be given to the following entities for developing a vaccine-based solution to 2019-nCov:
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The team of Yuen Kwok-yung at the University of Hong Kong
University of Queensland
International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) at the University of Saskatchewan
The Department of Medicine at Imperial College London