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Coronavirus: knowing our enemy

The history of coronaviruses as human pathogens dates back to the mid-1960s, when they were first isolated from respiratory tract samples extracted from adults with symptoms of the common cold. Currently, seven types of coronavirus are known to infect humans.

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The SARS-CoV-2 scenario

The current healthcare crisis forces us to reflect on the way to act, the resources available to science, or the importance of good communication.

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Genomes for a pandemic

Knowing the detailed genomes of viruses and their phylogenies allows us to understand the origin of the outbreak. Was it a zoonosis from bats or were other hosts involved? Where did this fatal transition occur? What is the rate of change of the virus?

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In winter, the snakes sleep

Let us look at the coronavirus outbreak in China. Dissemination of accurate and well-interpreted information is key in the early stages of an emerging outbreak.