How Many Coronaviruses Are There? How Does Disingerm Fight the other Viruses...


Coronaviruses didn’t just pop up recently. They’re a large family of viruses that have been around for a long time. Many of them can cause a variety of illnesses, from a mild cough to severe respiratory illnesses.


The new (or “novel”) coronavirus is one of several known to infect humans. It’s probably been around for some time in animals. Sometimes, a virus in animals crosses over into people. That’s what scientists think happened here. So this virus isn’t new to the world, but it is new to humans. When scientists found out that it was making people sick in 2019, they named it as a novel coronavirus.


Human Coronavirus Types

Scientists have divided coronaviruses into four sub-groupings, called alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Seven of these viruses can infect people:


229E (alpha)

NL63 (alpha)

OC43 (beta)

HKU1 (beta

MERS-CoV, a beta virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)

SARS-CoV, a beta virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19


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Virus Changes

Coronaviruses have all their genetic material in something called RNA (ribonucleic acid). RNA has some similarities to DNA, but they aren’t the same.


When viruses infect you, they attach to your cells, get inside them, and make copies of their RNA, which helps them spread. If there’s a copying mistake, the RNA gets changed. Scientists call those changes mutations.


These changes happen randomly and by accident. It’s a normal part of what happens to viruses as they multiply and spread.



Because the changes are random, they may make little to no difference in a person’s health. Other times, they may cause disease. For example, one reason you need a flu shot every year is because influenza viruses change from year to year. This year’s flu virus probably isn’t exactly the same one that circulated last year.


If a virus has a random change that makes it easier to infect people and it spreads, that strain will become more common.


The bottom line is that all viruses, including coronaviruses, can change over time. Scientists and doctors call slightly different versions of a virus new strains.


In December 2020, experts noted gene mutations in COVID-19 cases seen in people in southeastern England. This strain of the virus has since been reported in other countries, including the U.S. Scientists estimate that these mutations could make the virus up to 70% more transmissible, meaning it could spread more easily. There is no sign that those mutations worsen the disease. The mutation on this variant virus is on the spike protein, which the COVID-19 vaccines target. These vaccines make antibodies against many parts of the spike protein, so it’s unlikely that a single new mutation in the variant virus will make the vaccine less effective.



Other variants of the virus have been found in other countries, including South Africa and Nigeria. Like the variant virus found in the U.K., the South African variant appears to spread more easily than the original virus but doesn’t seem to cause worse illness. The U.K. and South African variants don’t appear to be linked, the CDC notes.



Earlier in March of 2020, when the pandemic was new, you might have heard that there was more than one strain of the new coronavirus. Is it true? The answer appeared to be yes.


The theory about different strains of the new coronavirus came from a study in China. Researchers were studying changes in coronavirus RNA over time to figure out how various coronaviruses are related to each other. They looked at 103 samples of the new coronavirus collected from people, and they looked at coronaviruses from animals. It turned out that the coronaviruses found in humans weren’t all the same.


There were two types, which the researchers called “L” and “S.” They’re very similar, with slight differences in two places. It looks like the S type came first. But the scientists say the L type was more common early in the outbreak.


The virus that causes COVID-19 will probably keep changing. Experts may find new strains. It’s impossible to predict how those virus changes might affect what happens. But change is just what viruses do.



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