Netflix Has Released A Coronavirus Episode Of "Explained," And Here Are 16 Things I Learned
SARS-CoV-2 = virus and COVID-19 = disease.
If you're like me, and generally a little bit confused about the current global coronavirus pandemic, a great program to watch is the new three-part Explained series on Netflix all about it.
Episode one just came out — and new episodes are expected to be released in the summer — but for now, here are some super-interesting takeaways from the first installment:
The official name of the current strain of coronavirus is SARS-CoV-2, and COVID-19 is the name of the disease it causes.
SARS-CoV-2 is the youngest in a family of seven coronaviruses known to affect humans.
The "corona" part of the coronavirus is named after the virus's crownlike spikes.
SARS-CoV-2 can live on certain surfaces for hours to days.
COVID-19 can lead to any of these symptoms:
You can also be infected with the new coronavirus and experience zero symptoms.
Studies have shown that COVID-19 affects men more than women, but for as-yet-unknown reasons.
When a virus jumps from an animal to a human, it's called a "zoonotic" virus.
The most likely areas for new viruses like SARS to emerge would be wherever humans come into contact with exotic wildlife.
Speaking of bats, they — like many other animals — are teeming with viruses because viruses don't really bother them.
And this is what some scientists believe happened with today's SARS-CoV-2 outbreak.
Live-animal markets remain popular around the world but represent a real risk for the spread of zoonotic viruses.
One way we've beaten other viruses is through herd immunity.
Unfortunately, other coronaviruses don't grant lifelong immunity to those who have been infected, and we don't know yet whether antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 protect you against reinfection.
Quarantine or its gentler cousin, social distancing, was used over seven centuries ago during the Black Death.
Social distancing works — just ask the people of St Louis, Missouri!
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