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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The name is derived from  the word Latin "corona", which translates as crown or wreath, and refers to the appearance  of the virus as seen through electron microscopy. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world and in humans typically cause respiratory tract infections like the common cold.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China and is thought to have jumped the species barrier from animal to human. Currently, the source of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus (CoV) causing COVID-19 has not yet been identified. Evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 has an animal origin and may have been transferred through another animal intermediary host. 

Cambridge Infectious Diseases is an interdisciplinary research centre comprising community of researchers, academics and practitioners working in the field of infectious diseases. The expertise, knowledge and experience of this community, overlapping and joining up with our sister networks, Immunology and Cardiovascular, are playing a hugely valuable role in the nationwide Covid-19 response. 

For any information or queries related to Covid-19 topics regarding Cambridge Infectious Diseases IRC, Cambridge Immunology Network SRN, and the Cambridge Cardiovascular IRC, please email  and include CINCID in the subject line.



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There is a vast amount of information available on COVID-19 and the huge media attention it is receiving can often be both overwhelming and confusing. To help navigate your way through this mass of communication, the list below will take you to the web pages of various media outlets which have consolidated COVID-19 news.



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