• Question: what is the scientific name for corona virus

    Asked by anon-250556 on 20 Mar 2020.
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      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 20 Mar 2020:

      The virus is called SARS-CoV-2, the disease it causes is called COVID-19

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      Ioana Grigoras answered on 20 Mar 2020:

      Katrina already answered this, so there is nothing else I can add!

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 20 Mar 2020:

      Just as Katrina says 🙂

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      M S answered on 20 Mar 2020:

      As Katrina says!

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 20 Mar 2020:

      So there are several different coronaviruses which can infect humans, however the once causing the pandemic is called SARS-CoV-2. The first part comes from the type of illness it causes – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The second bit is the type of virus CoronaVirus. And the final bit is because this virus is very similar to another coronavirus which caused SARS back in 2002/3 – thus this is the second (or number 2).