Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illness in animals and humans. The name “coronavirus” comes from the Latin word “corona,” meaning crown or halo, referring to the characteristic crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus particles when viewed under a microscope.
COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily affects the respiratory system, although it can also affect other organs. The virus spreads from person to person primarily through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or breathes heavily in close proximity to others. It can also spread by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus and then touching the face, specifically the mouth, nose, or eyes.
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