SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19 virus)


(positive-stranded RNA viruses)
Order: Nidovirales
Family: Coronaviridae
Genus: Betacoronavirus
Species: Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus
Strain: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
NCBI Taxonomy ID:2697049


Diseases: Coronavirus disease - COVID-19


Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses with a positive-sense single-stranded RNA genome. It is a large family of viruses widely existing in nature. Certain coronaviruses can infect humans and cause diseases, such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), whose symptoms can range from the common cold to severe lung infections. The coronavirus first discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019 is a virus strain that has not been previously found in humans and was named by the WHO as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). On February 11, 2020, the virus was named "SARS-CoV-2" (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) by Coronavirus Study Group (CSG) of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus was named "COVID-19" (Corona Virus Disease 2019) by the WHO. Source: 2019nCoVR , World health organization

Other resources

GISAID Initiative – new genomes sequences, phylogenies and overall data
CNCB-China National Center for Bioinformation 2019 Novel Coronavirus Resource (2019nCoVR)
WHO-Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance: Laboratory testing for 2019-nCoV in humans
CDC-Information for Laboratories
CDC-Website of Center for Disease Control and Prevention of United States with several information on COVID-19
NCBI Sars-CoV-2 genomes-Retrieve, view, and download Sars-Cov-2 nucleotide and protein sequences
COVID-19 In Vitro Diagnostic Devices and Test Methods Database-Scientific literature on COVID-19 Test Methods and Devices