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Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). The current strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans (World Health Organization).
* With so much news and information constantly coming out about COVID-19, thinking critically about what we read, hear, and see can help us sort out what to trust and what to dismiss. Find out more at our guide to Critical Thinking and Media.