Scientists handle virus samples every day but infections are incredibly rare – here's why.
An unprecedented level of research has gone into understanding the novel coronavirus. Here's what we still don't know.
The evidence suggests the novel coronavirus evolved naturally.
It's excellent this virus has been found early, but there is no evidence yet of human-to-human transmission.
A pandemic from a century ago doesn’t necessarily chart the course of the pandemic happening now.
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Differences in the viruses' biology and societal contexts mean there's no guarantee today's pandemic will mirror the 'waves' of infection a century ago.
The US and its allies are demanding answers over how COVID-19 became a pandemic. But instead of pointing fingers at China, the inquiry should focus on scientific clues to help us thwart future disasters.
Rapid blood tests for coronavirus could fill a large gap in knowledge.
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Expanding coronavirus testing is one of the most important tasks public health officials are tackling right now. But questions over accuracy of the two main types of tests have rightly caused concern.
While a few are killers, viruses are actually important to human health and incredibly useful in medicine.
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Only a tiny number of viruses are able to make the jump from animals to humans.
SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (pink dots) on a dying cell.
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The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, spreads faster than the H1N1 influenza virus and is much deadlier. SARS-CoV-2 is particularly skilled at keeping cells from calling out for help.
A University of Washington Medical Center set up a drive-through testing center on March 13, 2020.
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A virus testing lab director explains how the U.S. fell behind in the need for broad coronavirus testing.
Coronavirus and COVID-19: your questions answered by virus experts.
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What do you need to know about COVID-19 and coronavirus? We asked our readers for their top questions and sought answers from two of Australia's leading virus and vaccine experts.
Researchers around the world are working together to control the coronavirus outbreak, now known as COVID-19. This is what's behind the global effort to develop a vaccine.
Coronavirus can cause lung damage, pneumonia and multi-organ failure, or sepsis, among other things.
Health authorities estimate each infectious person could pass the virus onto two others.
There's no evidence you can spread the Wuhan coronavirus before showing symptoms, but one study suggests it's possible for children and young people to be infectious without ever having symptoms.
Chinese scientists sequence coronavirus causing pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan. And it's never been seen before.
Bacteriophages are viruses that attack and infect bacteria.
While some viruses make us sick, others can fight against bacteria, or protect us from more harmful viruses.
Human Cytomegalovirus affects billions of people all around world so why haven't most of us heard of it?
Monitoring sewage for virus allows for a quick public health response if any polio is detected.
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Polio can be circulating through a community long before anyone is paralyzed. Monitoring sewage for the virus lets public health officials short-circuit this 'silent transmission.'
Ebola vaccination team member administering Ebola vaccine in Beni, North Kivu, DRC.
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo has been hit with another Ebola outbreak. This may be the test case for how to deal with future outbreaks.