Not Just Animals Anymore

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that were once contained to the animal kingdom and mostly seen in camels and bats, but now more than 300 people have been infected in China.  The coronavirus was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and has since caused illness in people in more than 25 other countries, including the United States.  We don’t totally understand viruses yet, but we do know that they undergo evolution and natural selection and develop into new strains, just like cell-based life, and most of them evolve rapidly.  The symptoms consist of getting a runny nose, having clogged sinuses, headache, cough, fever, stomach sickness, feeling weak, respiratory illness, swollen lymph nodes and chills which are all very similar to cold symptoms, and in many cases, the treatment is the same involving bed rest and hydration.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday.

8 thoughts on “Not Just Animals Anymore

    1. I am no expert Astrid, but I do enjoy research and that is what I found out. Before yesterday when I wrote this, I thought that coronaviruses had something to do with your cornea, or it was something that you could get from looking at the Sun’s corona.

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      1. Oh LOL. According to Wikipedia, coronaviruses are thought to be the main cause besides rhinoviruses of the common cold. SARS, which happened in 2002, was also caused by a coronavirus. The one in 2012 I believe was MERS (Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome).

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  1. Some doctors won’t give antibiotics anymore saying that viruses have built up an immunity to some of them…it is getting scary.

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