Jonathan Daniel Hulse*
Department of Biology and Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, Shepherd University, United States of America
*Corresponding Author: Jonathan Daniel Hulse, Department of Biology and Department of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, Shepherd University, United States of America.
Received: April 10, 2020; Published: May 18, 2020
Coronaviruses belong to the Family Coronaviridae, which is a classification of enveloped virus pathogens that have a large positive RNA genome. Coronaviruses are known to cause a variety of debilitating ailments including gastroenteritis and diseases of the lower/upper respiratory track. Coronaviruses are known to infect bats, cats, camels, chickens, cows, dogs, ferrets, horses, mice, minks, pigs, rabbits, raccoons, rats, snakes, tigers, and turkeys. To date, at least seven known human coronaviruses exist including: HCoV-229E, HCoV-OC43, HCoV-HKU1, HCoV-NL63, MERS-COV, SARS-CoV and the most recently discovered, SARS-COV-2, also known as COVID-19. This manuscript is intended to identify the health concerns and molecular identification methods for all known human coronaviruses in order to combat the spread of SARS-COV-2.
Keywords: Coronavirus; SARS-COV-2; COVID-19; Virus; Virology; Public Health; Molecular Biology
Citation: Jonathan Daniel Hulse. “Human Coronaviruses: The Deadly Seven". Acta Scientific Microbiology 3.6 (2020): 86-89.
Copyright: © 2020 Jonathan Daniel Hulse. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.