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A research guide on the coronavirus

What's the Issue?

 This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).​COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. - World Health Organization

While "coronavirus" refers to a broad group of viruses, you might hear the term being loosely applied to refer to the newest strain, COVID-19, or Coronavirus Disease 2019.

The information about COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. Please check back here as this guide will continue to be updated as often as possible. 

Find Maine-specific information here.

Updated: 05/27/2020



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