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What makes the Coronavirus unique

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    Posted: May 06 2013 at 4:09am
The coronavirus is very unique in that it's rare for a non-influenza virus to achieve the ability to transmit among humans without a common animal source for the infection.  The Black Death plague, or plague, was a pandemic transmitted to humans by fleas and rats.  This is one of the few viruses to ever adapt solely to humans - or to achieve human-to-human transmission.  Other than plague, I'm not sure if we've had a non-influenza pandemic in the last near 700 years.  

The coronavirus has RNA genes and is largely responsible for causing the common cold, and therefore this virus has the ability to mutate rather quickly. 

This novel coronavirus is very unique...

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