The New York Times reported that a new coronavirus from China had its first case in the U.S. The person infected had been visiting China and returned to Snohomish County here in Washington state.
So, what is a coronavirus, anyway?
The American Heritage Dictionary of Medicine in the library's Credo Reference database defines it as "Any of a family of single-stranded RNA viruses that infect mammals and birds, causing respiratory infections such as the common cold and SARS in humans, and that have spikes of glycoproteins projecting from the viral envelope."
In other words, a coronavirus as a category is not always a dangerous thing, but a new one that has caused some deaths is a reason for some amount of concern and government monitoring.
To follow this situation, take a look at the Center for Disease Control website.
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