Television and radio news outlets are providing updates on the current spread of the Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus first presented itself to the medical researchers in 1960 when it was found in the respiratory tract of a patient with a common cold. It gets its name from the crown-like spikes which radiate out from all over the surface of the virus. Its discovery created the new form of virus, Coronaviridae.
Two other forms of the Coronavirus that can be transferred from animals to humans exist. They are the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which was introduced into the human population in 2003 when a farmer in Guangdong China got it from a civet — a cat-like animal. Then in 2012, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus was isolated in a patient in Saudi Arabia. SARS spread to 37 different countries infecting a total of 8,448 patients and killing 858; the spillover came from Camels.
The current form of coronavirus is called Novel Coronavirus ( 2019-nCoV or COVID-19). It presented itself to the human population sometime in the early part of December 2019. We still do not know the exact origin of its jump from an animal to a human. Originally, the Chinese government claimed that the first case came from a Chinese Wet market located in Wuhan.