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Coronavirus (CoV) refers to a large family of viruses that cause diseases, ranging from the common cold to serious diseases such as MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Coronaviruses are zoonotic, which means that they are transmitted between animals and humans.[1]


  • anosmia
  • care home
  • cluster
  • emergency laws
  • endemic [2]
  • epidemic [3]
  • epidemiologists and virologists
  • exit strategy
  • frugal four
  • herd immunty
  • isolation
  • lockdown
  • medical breakthrough
  • nursing home
  • outbreak
  • pandemic
  • PCR test
  • post-lockdown
  • PPE
  • R0, the basic reproduction rate
  • Re, the effective reproduction rate
  • symptoms
  • vaccine

See also



  1., coronavirus, last retrieved on 5 March 2020.
  2. BBC News, Coronavirus may never go away, World Health Organization warns: It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away, published on 14 May 2020.
  3. See CDC, Lesson 1: Introduction to Epidemiology, Section 11: Epidemic Disease Occurrence, Level of disease: Epidemic refers to an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area. Outbreak carries the same definition of epidemic, but is often used for a more limited geographic area. Cluster refers to an aggregation of cases grouped in place and time that are suspected to be greater than the number expected, even though the expected number may not be known. Pandemic refers to an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people.
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