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.