What is the Coronavirus?

Riley Seward, Writer

The coronavirus is any of a group of RNA viruses that cause a variety of diseases in humans and other animals. This coronavirus caused a disease called the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which is a viral respiratory disease. It started in 2012 in Saudi Arabia and has called illness in people in more than 25 other countries, including the United States, but as of right now only about five people have been diagnosed with it. The coronavirus is common throughout the world, it can affect both humans and animals. They usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory illness. But, some coronaviruses can cause severe illness, which can lead to death. Some symptoms of most coronaviruses are similar to any other upper-respiratory infection, including runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and sometimes a fever. In most cases, you won’t know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus. As of now, scientists are rushing to create a vaccine for the coronavirus, but not guaranteed to be made.